THE SOCIALIST Alliance is holding a recall conference for trade union activists on 29 June. It is a chance to discuss how to take our campaign to democratise the trade union political funds forward. This comes as the Labour right wing campaigns to block moves to give members a democratic say in how their political fund is allocated.
As part of the campaign by the right, Charles Clarke, Labour Party chair, and John Monks, general secretary of the TUC, falsely accused the Socialist Alliance of splitting the vote in Burnley, allowing the BNP to get in.
This campaign resulted in the reversal of the Fire Brigades Union's 2001 conference decision to open up and democratise the political fund. Unison's leadership delayed implementing last year's conference decision to review the use of the union's political fund.
It is vital we organise ourselves quickly to counter this offensive. The activists meeting will discuss the unions' political funds. It will also feature workshops on organising Socialist Alliance networks in the unions.
Socialist Alliance trade union conference on democratising the political funds, 12 noon-4pm, South Camden Community School, Charrington Street, London (Euston tube).