TRADE UNIONISTS from across the country met in London last Saturday to discuss the threat posed by the Nazi BNP. Speakers stressed the crucial role trade unions play in combating the far right. However, delegates expressed their anger at how New Labour has fanned the flames of fascism through its racist policies towards asylum seekers.
Many delegates were frustrated at the failure of senior trade union officials to take the initiative in fighting the Nazis. Workshops at the conference organised by Searchlight magazine covered a range of topics.
Shahid Malik, a Burnley resident and member of Labour's National Executive Committee, angrily denounced New Labour's vacillation over confronting the BNP in Burnley. The final session included several calls for the TUC to organise anti-racist 'Respect' festivals in the north west this summer.
Delegates also supported the Anti Nazi League's national petition calling on council workers and councillors in Burnley to refuse to work with the Nazi BNP.