Around 150 trade unionists and community activists came together to launch Unite the Resistance in Scotland on Saturday of last week.
They came from all over the country to show their anger at attacks on wages, jobs and benefits.
Sasha Callaghan from Disability History Scotland led the opening session.
She said that the Tories were “driven by fear and hatred of our class” and that we shouldn’t let them get away with attacks.
John McInally, vice president of the PCS, told the conference that the Tories were conducting a “scorched earth policy”.
“I don’t think we can wait until the election to get rid of them,” he added.
“If we had a 24 hour general strike, followed by further coordinated action and further general strikes, we could bring this government down.”
Dave Sherry, branch secretary of the Unite Scottish Housing Associations Branch, spoke of recent victories by tanker drivers at Grangemouth and lecturers at Reid Kerr College (see page 19).
“We need to build on this and continue to build alliances,” he said.
“This conference has been the start of that.”