AWL conference 2010

AWL and the unions

Submitted by martin on 19 October, 2010 - 5:46 Author: AWL conference

THE THREAT TO THE UNIONS

The unions face a challenge, both industrially and politically, without any recent precedent.

Since the early 1990s, and to a large degree even up to 2009 in the public sector, the unions have generally dealt with relative boom conditions. Now they face huge cuts, carried through by a government which believes that the crisis mandates huge cuts and which is led by people who relish the chance to hack at the public sector and extend privatisation and marketisation.

Trades Councils and anti-cuts committees

Submitted by martin on 19 October, 2010 - 4:49 Author: AWL conference

1. Prior to the 2010 general election it was clear that whatever the exact political complexion of the new government, significant cuts would be made to public sector spending. The only open question was and to a degree still is, how deep will these cuts be? and to what extent they will affect the wider economy.

Report on women's movement activity

Submitted by martin on 19 October, 2010 - 4:20 Author: AWL conference

Adopted by AWL conference 16-17 October 2010

In terms of the politics of women the AWL defines itself Socialist-Feminist. We do so because, while we fight for the politics of women's liberation within the labour and student movement here and now, we recognise that the emancipation of women can only happen with the emancipation of humanity as a whole through the socialist transformation of society via the class struggle.

Anti-racist and anti-fascist activity

Submitted by martin on 19 October, 2010 - 4:02 Author: AWL conference

Report on anti-racist and anti-fascist activity adopted by AWL conference 16-17 October 2010 (as amended).

Race and immigration featured prominently in the popular imagination as one of the "key" issues of the general election. Both New Labour and the Tories pandered to racism. Cameron was elected promising to cut immigration by 75%and the coalition has since introduced a cap which even Vince Cable has criticised as being irrational. Fully-blown anti-migrant and anti-Muslim racist populism is now appearing regularly on the front covers of several tabloid papers.