By Nick Clark
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Just weeks to go before march on Tory conference in Birmingham

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Issue 2520
Marching on the Tory conference in Manchester last week

Marching on the Tory conference in Manchester last week (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Activists are preparing to mobilise for a national demonstration outside the Tory Party conference in Birmingham on Sunday 2 October.

Coaches have been booked from at least 17 different towns and cities already—with many more expected—for the demo called by the People’s Assembly.

Campaigners in Barnsley have nearly filled a coach already—and are expecting to book another.

Dave Gibson of Barnsley Trades Council told Socialist Worker, “We’ve just been leafleting at every event.

“We’ve got support from the local Momentum group who’ve put it on their Facebook page, so we’ve got Momentum members coming.” He added, “What we haven’t done yet is get union delegations. But we’re expecting that to come on quite quickly—so we’ll probably need a second coach.

“There’s a Jeremy Corbyn rally next week so we’re hoping for more people to come from that.

“Then Barnsley college is starting back, so we’re starting campaigning there. Between union delegations, students and Jeremy Corbyn supporters we feel it’s going to take off.”

The success in Barnsley shows the potential to organise for a huge turnout in Birmingham.

TUC must lead fightback

Delegates to TUC conference will meet in Brighton on Monday of next week.

Discussion about protecting workers’ rights in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union will dominate the conference.

But workers’ rights were under attack before the Leave vote and only a fight from below can defend them.

Motions rightly “condemn” the Trade Union Act and praise Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for saying he would repeal it.

Yet there is little talk of action on the agenda.

However, the PCS union is calling for the TUC to launch a national campaign against the public sector pay cap.

A motion says the TUC should commit to “actively supporting and coordinating across the trade union movement” and to call a “national demonstration”.

Delegates should vote for it.

Other motions call on the TUC to “counter attacks on migrant workers and refugees” and to show solidarity with child refugees trapped in the Calais “jungle” camp.

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