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Taking the Bosses to the Cleaners

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The mass movement is on the move. It is coming to London and the European Social Forum (ESF) this month.
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Thousands of activists are taking part in this truly global event – celebrating the full strength of anti-capitalism and workers’ struggle.

During the event cleaners and other low paid workers will lead a demo through Canary Wharf as part of their fight for decent wages and trade union recognition. Fighting against low-pay jobs and privatisation in Britain connects us with our brothers and sisters defending their rights across the world.

The forum will be historic; taking place at a time of domestic crisis over the Iraq occupation and just before the US elections, it will bring us together and propel the movement forward – undermining Blair and Bush’s neoconservative politics. Numerically the anti-war movement has surpassed even the movements of the 1960s. The anti-war movement now provides the people’s voice. A voice that will be heard when we demonstrate on October 17 – calling for the troops to be sent home and demanding an end to the Iraq war.

The ESF exemplifies the potential we have to provide an alternative to the imperialist project. Debating issues on racism, democracy, global justice, trade union rights and much more, the ESF creates the vision of how another world is possible. And with the G8 set to descend on Scotland and an election likely in a matter of months, it will provide an invaluable opportunity to organise for the coming year.

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