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From The Socialist newspaper, 29 September 2000

Free the Funds

'FREE THE Funds - trade union campaign for a new workers' party' is the new cross-union campaign initiated by the Socialist Party. The campaign is sponsored, in a personal capacity, by 12 national executive members from six different unions. A national petition aims to collect as many names as possible in support of the following two demands:

The political funds of unions which support New Labour, should be freed up so that they can be used to back candidates and parties whose policies defend trade union members' interests.

Unions should do everything they can to promote and encourage the idea of a new workers' party.

A letter is available asking trade union organisations to invite a speaker and sponsor the campaign. There are also model resolutions for each of the unions. For copies of petitions, letters and resolutions and for more information about the campaign, contact Chris Thomas on 020 8988 8769.

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In The Socialist 29 September 2000:

Blair's empty promises

Biwaters workers fight closure

Prague Protests Czech police go in heavy

The movement which stopped Britain

When Housing goes to market

Indian kidnapping stokes sectarian divisions

New Labour and the Trade Unions

What's the alternative to New Labour?

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