More than 200 people came to the Marxism in Scotland event in Glasgow last Saturday, organised by the Socialist Workers Party.
There were sessions on challenging sexism, resisting racism and fascism, on neoliberalism, the Tory attacks on welfare and Scottish independence.
In the debate about the left’s attitude to next year’s referendum on Scottish independence, some argued to vote “no” as independence would weaken the unity of the working class.
Others argued it was an opportunity to weaken a key imperialist state and that is worth a “yes” vote.
But there was a lot of common ground, particularly around the need for a unified fight against austerity now.
Chris, a first year student, travelled from Dundee. He said, “Events like this are essential to debate the alternatives and get organised.”
Juliette, a student at Glasgow School of Art said, “In my workplace lots of us are on zero hours contracts—I think we need a union there.
“The session on the working class and neoliberalism made me think about how the bosses are trying to divide us,”
Dave is a Unite union member in Grangemouth. He told Socialist Worker, “I came because I was interested in the independence debate but the whole day has reinforced the feeling I already had.
“There needs to be a strategy across the unions to combat the bosses’ attacks on our conditions at work.”