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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 September 2010

Against cuts? Come to Socialism 2010

Bob Crow, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers union RMT, addresses Socialism 2009, photo Rob Emery

Bob Crow, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers union RMT, addresses Socialism 2009, photo Rob Emery

The capitalist leaders at the moment are telling us that cuts are inevitable and there's nothing that workers can do about it. This reminds me very much of when Thatcher brought the poll tax out over twenty years ago.

Rob Williams Unite Convenor, Swansea Linamar, and National Shop Stewards Network steering committee member

Then we were told that we can't defeat the poll tax, Thatcher defeated the miners, and ordinary workers can't fight back. But we built a mass movement of 18 million people who wouldn't pay the poll tax and defied the law. We not only defeated the poll tax, we defeated Thatcher who was forced to step down as prime minister.

Cameron has gone down on record as saying that Britain will never be the same again if these cuts go through. He's right in one way: everything that we take for granted is now on the line. Education, healthcare, the welfare state - everything that people before us fought for. However, that's if we don't fight. We believe, in the Socialist Party, that ordinary people have got no option but to fight back and defend all the gains that we have won over the generations.

Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union (FBU) general secretary, addresses Socialism 2009, photo Rob Emery

Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union (FBU) general secretary, addresses Socialism 2009, photo Rob Emery   (Click to enlarge)

Therefore, Socialism 2010 is absolutely vital for any activists who want to fight back, whether they are in trade unions or in our communities. If you come to Socialism 2010, you can get involved in some of the sessions that are going to discuss how we fight back against the cuts, the lessons of history from campaigns such as the poll tax and the Liverpool Labour city council where mass campaigns defeated the Tories' attacks. But also, if you're a trade union activist that wants your union branch or your union nationally to fight the cuts, then you can discuss this with many other activists who are facing the same problems as part of the same crisis.

So come along to Socialism 2010. I'm sure over the next months and years when you're involved in disputes or community campaigns that are needed to stop these cuts, you'll look back at the time you spent during a weekend in November at Socialism 2010 which gave you some of the ammunition to fight back.

Fight the cuts discussions at Socialism 2010:


Socialism 2009, photo Rob Emery

Socialism 2009, photo Rob Emery   (Click to enlarge)

Socialism 2010 - a weekend of discussion and debate

Hosted by the Socialist Party

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November

Rallies: Friends Meeting House, 173 Euston Road, NW1 2BJ

Rally speakers include:

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary
Cindy Sheehan, US anti-war activist
Andros Payiatsos, General Secretary, CWI Greece
Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party General Secretary

Sessions: ULU, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY
Weekend: 25/12 concession. One day: 15/7 concession. Saturday night accommodation available.

For more information and to buy tickets online go to

www.socialism2010.net or phone 020 8988 8777

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In The Socialist 9 September 2010:

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Health workers' victory

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