Socialist Worker

Marxism 2013 - how do we beat the Tories?

Issue No. 2362

Trade unionists discussed how unions can win in David Cameron’s Britain at Marxism 2013 last weekend. 

Liz Lawrence, vice president of the UCU union, said workers should challenge the idea that the deficit should be repaid immediately.

Ian Hodson from the BFAWU bakers’ union said, “We sometimes forget that there are still six and a half million people in trade unions. We’re still here and we’re still fighting.”

Sean Vernell, also from the UCU, said national strikes built unions. 

And NUT union member Debs Gwynn said that more strikes after 30 November 2011 could have stopped the Tory offensive.

Billy Hayes from the CWU union said workers had to make alliances with others who want to fight “this rotten system”.

People debated how to build workers’ confidence and whether we needed an alternative to the Labour Party.

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