Labour Representation Committee

For workers' representation, against the apparatchiks

A Labour-dominated Parliamentary committee of MPs has declared:

"Never in peacetime has a prime minister gathered around himself such an assemblage of apparatchiks unaccountable to parliament..."

Tony Blair, and other New Labour ministers like Stephen Byers, have constructed a little political machine autonomous from the traditional civil service. That machine is also autonomous - even more autonomous - from the labour movement.

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Taking politics back to the workplace

Alex Gordon, from the South Wales and the West region of the seafarers' and railworkers' union RMT, and Billy Hayes, the General Secretary of the Communication Workers Union, contributed to our debate on working class political representation at our Ideas for Freedom Summer school on 3-4 July. We print extracts from their speeches below

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Labour Representation Committee launched

By Maria Exall

The launch conference of the Labour Representation Committee was held on Saturday 3 July. Over 300 delegates packed out the TUC Congress Centre to discuss key policy issues and debate the future of the Labour Party.

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CWU debates relationship to Labour

By a CWU member

The conference of the postal and telecoms workers' union, the CWU, discussed the relationship of the union to the Labour Party in the context of the expulsion of the the RMT, and an expected disaffiliation of the FBU.

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CWU to back Labour Representation Committee?

By a CWU member

At the General Conference of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) (14 June) the European Working Time Directive will be discussed.

At present, different sections of the union have different policies on whether individual opt-outs should continue.

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Struggle, not sops

The leaders of the 'Big Four' unions, Amicus, GMB, TGWU, and Unison - the trade-union 'mountains' - have recently made noises to suggest that they are about to go into labour. But so far they have not given birth even to the proverbial mouse.

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June 2004 Elections: Vote socialist or Labour, build LRC!

By Colin Foster

Thursday 10 June will be a big election day, but, unfortunately, one with a small socialist presence. Seventy-eight Euro-MPs will be elected, by proportional representation in each of 12 giant regions.

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The disrespectful left

The Socialist Alliance, the Respect Unity Coalition and the future of the left

On 25 January, short of a political miracle, a tarpaulin will be pulled over much of working-class socialist politics in England. The Socialist Workers Party (SWP) and a large part of the activist left will sign up the "Respect" coalition as their political vehicle for the coming months.

Its politics: a bland collation of sops for various constituencies (peace, green, Muslim, trade-union). Its figurehead: George "I need £150,000 a year" Galloway.

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Blair speaks for the rich: We need a workers' voice (2003)

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John McDonnell MP

There were two Labour Party conferences. One was the official conference, organised as a publicity event for the leadership of the Labour Party. It had quite an unprecedented degree of ruthless organisation to engender the maximum televised exhibition of support for the leader of the Party. And there was a more important second and separate conference: where trade unions formed a coalition with the Labour left. For the first time in fifteen years we had an effective vehicle for left action inside the Labour Party. Every left fringe meeting was packed with delegates.

The state of the Labour Party in 2003

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For rank and file Labour Representation Committees!

Solidarity and Workers' Liberty believe that what's needed now is rank and file Labour Representation Committees of trade unionists and socialists in every city across the country. We have been campaigning for seven years now for the unions to form a Labour Representation Committee.

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