THE RIGHT wing axis of Blair, Berlusconi and Aznar has united to drive privatisation policies through Europe. Now Blair hopes to turn their axis into one that backs the US war. Even Germany’s leader Gerhard Schršder has come out against the war on Iraq. These two issues, war and privatisation, are at the centre of the European Social Forum which is being held in Florence, Italy, in November.
Tens of thousands of trade unionists and activists from Britain and across Europe will be there to plan resistance and launch an opposition movement. The executive of the RMT rail workers’ union is the latest group to sponsor the conference. RMT leader Bob Crow will be joining the official delegation to Florence. You can now register for this important event on the website www.fse-esf.org. There is a sliding scale payment from 10 euros (around £6.50). This means you can secure your own place and encourage others to sign up. Transport is being organised from all around Britain. To find out more phone the Mobilisation for the European Social Forum on 020 7053 2072.