Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/14984

Posted on 6 August 2012 at 17:05 GMT

NSSN rally outside Congress House, 11 Sept 2011, photo Paul Mattsson

NSSN rally outside Congress House, 11 Sept 2011, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

NSSN lobby of the TUC, 9th September: "Why I'm going to Brighton"

Linda Taaffe

To fire the imagination of the million workers expected to march behind the TUC banner on a second monster demo on 20 October, a slogan has been conjured up by the TUC leaders - "A Future that Works". .. Eh? What? Is that it?

What happened to fighting demands: 'No to Cuts', 'We want Jobs and Homes', 'Make the bankers pay', and the like? Or could this be a clever play on words? A future that works surely can't be capitalism.

The bosses' system is patently not working, certainly not for a million unemployed young people, the lost generation.

Could this slogan possibly hint at a socialist future? Are the TUC leaders really supporting a change from a system that is all about the lust for profits to a system based on planning for need? At the end of the day, who knows?

I am not inspired by sophistry. I want a clear strategy. Myself, and all those who get to the demo, need to return to our workplaces with a clear idea of what we actually need to do to get "a future that works".

It won't drop into our lap. The bosses will see to that. It's not likely to happen even with the election of a Labour government. Labour's policies are market-driven too. But workers - organised - could do it.

The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) calls for the TUC's 20 October demo to be followed up by mass action - a 24-hour general strike for starters. This is the reason why I am going to the Brighton Trades Union Congress that starts on Sunday 9th September, to lobby the delegates, and the TUC leadership, to urge them to begin a serious discussion about 'what next' after the demo

I passionately want a future that works, for my grandchildren fast approaching working age, for the children in the school where I teach, and for all other youngsters.

But it is the next step the trade union movement needs to take to get towards that goal that is the burning question of the day.


Lobby the TUC for a 24 hour general strike

Assemble 1pm at The Level, Union Road, Brighton BN2, for a march at 1.30pm to Brighton (conference) Centre and then a rally

http://shopstewards.net/TUC.lobby.htm


NSSN Model Motion
Striking back at Austerity!

This (Union Branch/Region/Trades council/Anti-cuts group) supports the TUC demonstration of the 20th October with the aim of getting 1 million onto the streets.

A demonstration of trade unionists, young people, pensioners and the community will show Con-Dem coalition that working people demand an alternative to austerity.

The Con-Dems' assaults on the welfare state continue almost daily, with increasing numbers of attacks on young people and some of the most vulnerable in society.

This is at the same time as bankers get off scot-free and continue to hoard billions, with shocking revelations of banking scandals hitting the headlines almost daily.

Working people are appalled, and many, like Unite nationally, have called for the nationalisation of the banks as an alternative to the profit-motivated system that exists for the benefit of the 1%.

We recognise that although the 20th October march will show our determination against cuts and for a fight for an alternative, it won't be enough to stop ALL cuts, as workers are still losing jobs, homes and services, with only 15% of the cuts having gone through.

Therefore:

This ( ..branch etc.. )

1) Calls on the TUC General Council to build on the historic 30th November 2011 public sector strike by organising a one-day general strike of public and private sector workers against cuts.

2) Supports the NSSN demo and rally at the TUC in Brighton on 9th September 2012 campaigning for public/private sector national action, agrees to donate.......... to NSSN to support the rally, and agrees to send a branch delegation to the event.

3) Agrees to organise meetings/activities to get the maximum turnout of members for the TUC demo on October 20th.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.






Related links:

NSSN:

triangleSupport Clive Walder

triangleLondon NSSN meeting

triangleLondon NSSN meeting: Fight the anti-trade union laws, support the strikes!

triangleDefend the right to strike! RMT and NSSN lobby parliament

triangleLondon demo: Protect the right to strike

TUC:

triangleNational Shop Stewards Network TUC rally

triangleLow Pay, Long Hours. Bosses rip us off. Organise the fightback now!

triangleDefend the right to strike

triangleCorbyn promises 'power in the hands of workers' - how can Labour do it?

Brighton:

triangleBrighton Socialist Party: After the election, what next?

triangleBrighton anti-academy campaign steps up

triangleBrighton Socialist Party: Tories out now!

Union:

triangleTrade unions - new decade, new challenges

triangleForeign Office workers' strike

General strike:

triangleHackney Socialist Party: A general strike - What, how, why and when?

National Shop Stewards Network:

triangleSupport Clive Walder

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

19/2/20

Environment

Cuts and climate change cause floods

19/2/20

Tories

Javid's departure foreshadows deeper Tory divisions

19/2/20

Poll tax

Couldn't pay, wouldn't pay, didn't pay: the battle to defeat the poll tax

19/2/20

Trans

Labour Party and trans rights

12/2/20

Terrorism

Streatham attack: Johnson's bill can't stop terror

12/2/20

Cuts

How to resist Tory attacks on local communities

12/2/20

Trade unions

Trade unions - new decade, new challenges

12/2/20

London

Council houses - not private property developers

12/2/20

Councillors

Cuts councillors are the real problem

12/2/20

NHS

NHS debt so high it can't be repaid - so don't pay it!

12/2/20

NHS

Unnecessary surgery scandal shows need for democratic control of NHS

12/2/20

NHS

NHS: Fight for full funding!

12/2/20

What We Heard

What We Heard

12/2/20

Them & Us

Them & Us

12/2/20

Windrush

Windrush deportations: end the hostile environment

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999