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).
Broad lefts and rank-and-file groups
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.
The National Shop Steward Network Conference (26 June) brought together around 200 trade union militants from around the country to discuss the threat posed by the capitalist crisis and to organise a
Attached is the first bulletin produced by Lambeth Activists, a rank-and-file network of union reps and activists who form a sort of left opposition within Lambeth local government UNISON, in south Lo
The behaviour of Britain’s two biggest revolutionary socialist organisations where they have trade-union positions is coming to resemble more that of the old Communist Party than any of the best elements of the Trotskyist tradition both the SWP and SP claim affinity with.