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Workers in frontline back the Organising for Fighting Unions conference

Issue No. 2018

The striking Merseyside firefighters are the latest group of workers to support the Organising for Fighting Unions conference to be held in London on Saturday 11 November.

The brigade committee of Merseyside FBU voted unanimously to back the conference on Monday of this week - the day before the start of their second eight day strike against cuts.

The conference aims to bring together trade unionists from across the country to discuss and debate how to fight back against

neo-liberal “modernisation” in public services, how to defend pensions and wages, and what sort of political representation workers need.

The CWU union’s South West Number 1 branch has also voted to send three delegates to the conference last week.

This branch includes postal workers at a mail centre in Exeter who recently walked out unofficially and won a victory against management bullying.

The November conference has been initiated by Respect with the aim of drawing together a wide layer of activists from across the trade union movement.

CWU North and North West London have voted to send six delegates, while the CWU Oxfordshire branch which covers the workers currently in dispute has voted to back the conference.

Speakers include RMT general secretary Bob Crow and John McDonnell, the left wing Labour MP who is challenging Gordon Brown for the leadership of the Labour Party.

Saturday 11 November
Shoreditch Town Hall London

Registration fee is £10 per delegate

Organising for Fighting Unions, 9 Club Row, London E1 6JX
For more information contact: or phone 020 7613 5624

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Sat 16 Sep 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2018
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