The Grass Roots Left (GRL) which emerged from Jerry Hicks’ campaign in the Unite General Secretary election has officially launched itself as an organisation.
Broad lefts and rank-and-file groups
Train drivers on Arriva Trains Wales have taken strike action in a dispute over a number of issues, including pay.
The Socialist Workers Party (SWP) is floundering.
The “People’s Convention” against cuts called by SWP and LRC on 12 February should be a chance to make good the damage done by the SP’s coup in the National Shop Stewards’ Network (creating a new SP-line “anti-cuts movement”) and the Coalition of Resistance (anti-cuts campaigning as an exercise in listening to lots of celebrities speak).
The first meeting of the Coalition of Resistance National Council was held on 15 January.
Dave Chapple, chair of the National Shop Stewards’ Network (NSSN), spoke to Solidarity about the NSSN conference on 22 January which will discuss proposals from the Socialist Party to set up another anti-cuts centre in rivalry with CoR and Right To Work.
"Our executive is supposed to be so left wing. We've even got a President who supports the dreaded 'Militant' tendency. But they're all piss and wind as far as I can see.
National Shop Stewards Network committee members have objected to moves by the Socialist Party towards presenting the NSSN as the sole coordination of the anti-cuts battle, and maybe as an electoral vehicle.
The “Coalition of Resistance” (initiated by Counterfire, a group of people who recently left the SWP) has called an anti-cuts conference on 27 November.
As the Tory-led offensive against our class gathers pace the left will be tested, but its weaknesses are already being thrown into uncomfortably sharp relief. Here we examine some of the initiatives that revolutionary organisations are pushing.