AWL trade union school report

Author: 

Martin Thomas

Fifty activists attended the Workers' Liberty trade union school in London on 15 September. Workshops looked at how to organise strikes and how to operate as a socialist political activist in the workplace, and a plenary discussed the CWU dispute and the public sector pay battle more generally.

Feedback has included the following comments
"Very good"...
"X was impressed by the quality of debate on strikes, and he's quite hard to impress"...
"Discussions good, feedback from comrades positive"...
"Something to build on"...
"Get people running sessions to submit plan and materials a couple of weeks in advance, so someone can take over a ready-made session plan if original presenter drops out"...
"Needs to be a school, not a series of discussions - needs to be more structured"...
"Could be more emphasis on skill sessions"...
"No other group on the left runs this sort of school"...

AWL plans to run these trade-union schools once every six months. The dates 1 or 15 March have been provisionally suggested for the next one.

Ideas already submitted for sessions at that next school include: "Producing effective newsletters and leaflets"... "Being an effective workplace union rep"... "Organising refusal to work on safety grounds"... "finding and keeping contacts"... "rank-and-file organisation: examples from the past and present"... "a 'surgery' where people bring along specific problems they face"...

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