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
Labour Representation Committee
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.
The launch Conference of the Labour Representation Committee took place on Saturday 3rd July. Over 300 delegates packed out the TUC Congress Centre to discuss key policy issues and debate the future of the Labour Party.
The Communication Workers' Union (CWU) Annual Conference discussed the relationship of the Union to the Labour Party in the context of the expulsion of the the RMT, and the expected disaffiliation of the FBU, which was announced the same week.
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.
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.
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.
The "big four" trade union leaders - Tony Woodley of the TGWU, Derek Simpson of Amicus, Kevin Curran of GMB, and Dave Prentis of Unison - have laid down their demands for the next Labour manifesto. They include a big council house-building programme and an end to the Private Finance Initiative.
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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