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The mood grows stronger in the trade unions

Issue No. 1976

The International Peace Conference on Saturday 10 December will see delegates from Britain, Iraq and the US come together to organise the next steps for the international anti-war movement.

Groups around Britain are organising delegations to send to the conference. Dave Hughes is a trade unionist from Birmingham. He said, “Birmingham TUC has agreed to send two delegates to the conference.

“We will be sending out information about the conference to over 200 union branches in the area encouraging them to organise their own delegations.

“The Unison union in the social services section of Birmingham council has already passed a motion to send ten delegates.

“The conference will be a unique opportunity to meet Iraqi opponents of the occupation and anti-war campaigners from the US.”

The London Transport region of the RMT union has passed a motion in support of the conference which encourages local branches to send delegates.

Unjum Mirza, political officer for the RMT London Transport region, said, “The bombings in July brought home the stark realities of what is happening day to day in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“We will do everything in our power to end the occupations of these countries.”

In Manchester the local Stop the War group has worked to make sure that the widest possible cross section of people are represented at the conference.

Council worker Richard Searle explained, “A letter of invitation has been sent to all local MPs and councillors. It has also been sent to 52 trade union branches, 40 community groups, as well as the local mosques and churches.

“We have found that the council’s website is a really useful tool for finding the contacts for these groups.

“I would recommend that people take advantage of these sites, and also of the national trade union websites which have contact details for their different regions.”

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