OVER 100 elected reps from branches of the Unison union in the south west of England met in Gloucester last week at the union's regional council. They voted overwhelmingly to support the European Social Forum. Representatives at the the regional council also agreed to send a delegation to Florence in Italy from 7 to 10 November.
Unison is to send a national delegation and encourage branches to do likewise. The Unison debate in Gloucester was exciting. The meeting accepted that there are links between 'neo-liberalism' and Bush's imperialist 'war against terrorism'. A leading union rep from Bristol spoke enthusiastically of the need to organise in new, different and diverse ways to regain a voice and power.
Trade union representatives identify with the international anti-capitalist movement and want to be part of it. Their support for the European Social Forum is recognition of the scale of the bosses' attack and the size of the growing mood for a fightback. The European Social Forum will reflect the strength and diversity of the anti-capitalist movement.
There has not been such an opportunity for socialists to win huge numbers of people to the ideas of collective organisation and workers' power for a very long time. Socialists in trade unions can and must seize the moment!