Socialist Party
| Print

11 July 2018

Unite conference sees union go in a fighting, socialist direction

Kevin Parslow, Unite policy conference delegate (personal capacity)

Unite policy conference in Brighton on 2-6 July was notable for delegates urging its leadership to take the initiative on the big issues facing workers: Brexit, fighting austerity, racism and the far right.

At conference, Unite's leaders responded but it must take its words into the movement in the fight to bring down this weak and hated Tory government.

That was the conclusion of the Brexit debate, reported in the previous issue of the Socialist, where delegates saw the opportunity to fight for a workers', socialist Brexit. But there is also a fear for jobs, with the executive council (EC) statement passed calling for mobilisation against any deal that threatens workers' interests.

Unite's many members in the manufacturing industry will be looking for this to be put into practice.

A motion moved by Socialist Party member Danny Hoggan on the cuts in local government was overtaken by another EC statement. The major difference between the two was the omission in the statement of a call on Labour councils to pass legal 'no-cuts' budgets.

Nevertheless, the EC statement was only carried by 207 votes to 134, reflecting a large section of the conference wanting to put further pressure on Labour councillors to defend workers from austerity.

And while a balanced statement on 'gender identity' was agreed, general secretary Len McCluskey and other leading Unite figures were criticised from the floor for signing an open letter published in the Morning Star that was one-sided in condemning violence in the current debate.

Len promised conference he would clarify the position of Unite in a reply (see 'Liberation struggle is class struggle: the fight for trans equality').

Socialist Party members played an important role in the conference in giving substance to the hunger for action for better lives.

Young workers

Neil Moore, chairperson of Unite's youth committee in Ireland and a member of our sister party there, explained how young workers in the hospitality industry have been fighting back. Taking a cue from the struggles of McDonald's and TGI Fridays workers, they are getting organised and fighting greedy and bullying bosses.

Unite branches were also urged to affiliate to the Refugee Rights campaign; hopefully, Unite's EC will develop links on a national basis too.

And Mick Cotter, chair of the London Print Branch, successfully moved support for 'Los Mineros' the independent Mexican Mine and Metal Workers' Union, in the week following the victory of Lopez Obrador in that country's presidential election.

Socialist Party members in the union welcome the continuing steps forward made by Unite in policy and will continue to develop these in a fighting, socialist direction. Unite should work with other unions and those prepared to fight to oust this rotten government.




http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/27621




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

triangle10 Oct Trump gives green light to Turkey to attack Kurds

triangle9 Oct Corbyn promises 'power in the hands of workers' - how can Labour do...

triangle9 Oct BEIS: Outsourced caterers' indefinite strike victory

triangle9 Oct Cutting, lying Tories - kick them out!

triangle9 Oct Brexit theatrics continue - working class must fight for its own...

triangle7 Oct Tony Mulhearn 1939-2019

triangle2 Oct Freshers fairs 2019: Impatience for change and determination to fight

More ...

WHAT'S ON

triangle16 Oct Basingstoke Socialist Party: Uniting and organising workers to defend jobs and wages

triangle16 Oct North London Socialist Party: Stop Turkey's military offensive on the Syrian Kurds!

triangle16 Oct Hackney Socialist Party: Stop Turkey's military offensive on the Syrian Kurds!

triangle16 Oct Cardiff West Socialist Party: Fascism - what it is and how to fight it

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: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07954 376 096

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

What we Stand For

About the Socialist Party

Joining the Socialist Party - what will it mean for you

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999