AROUND 150 delegates attended the annual Bectu broadcasting workers' union conference in Liverpool last weekend. The conference agreed that Bectu would support future anti-war demonstrations and to donate money to the Stop the War Coalition.
Delegates were disgusted at the pictures of Iraqi prisoners being tortured, and signed a petition for the troops to leave Iraq. Unfortunately the motion condemning the Hutton report and calling for a joint campaign with the NUJ over government interference in the BBC was defeated.
Despite that, delegates recognised that the unofficial walkouts at the BBC after the publication of the Hutton report showed that BBC workers were not prepared to put up with Blair's attempts to stifle debate.
The conference also expressed anger at the rise of the BNP, and overwhelmingly voted to affiliate to Unite Against Fascism.