John McDonnell explains that what we are all working for is to bring the rule of cuts, austerity, neoliberalism and the ConDems to an end, as soon as possible. Only a future based on solidarity and socialism offers us any hope of real change and transformation….
John tells you why.
The economic crisis and austerity measures have brought misery to millions of workers and poor people across Europe.
But the turmoil at the top has been met with resistance from below. Right wing governments have been thrown out of office and strikes in Greece, France, Spain and Portugal have shaken the bosses.
In Britain we have seen the biggest strike since 1926. Millions struck to defend their pensions. Some workers have now been out four or five times.
We are at a crucial stage in the battle against austerity. The Unite the Resistance conference gives activists and trade unionists a chance to debate how we take this fight forward.
Saturday 23 June, 11am-4.30pm
Bloomsbury Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP
• Solidarity with the movements against austerity across the globe
• Building the TUC national demonstration against the cuts
• Organising the rank and file
11am-12.15pm Opening rally
Mark Serwotka PCS general secretary
John McDonnell MP
Gill George Unite Health NISC (pc)
Jackie Turner BMA (pc)
12.15-1.45pm Debate: Europe’s fight against austerity
Enric Rodrigo Madrid Indignados movement
Themis Orfanakos Doctor from an occupied hospital in Greece
Speaker from Quebec student movement
1.45-2.45pm (lunch break)
Workshop: Lessons of the electricians’ dispute
Dave Renton author of Struck Out — Why employment tribunals fail workers and what can be done
Dave Smith Blacklist Support Group
Plus a rank and file electrician
Forum: Where next for the pensions campaign?
Jane Aitchinson PCS DWP group president 2004-12
Sean Vernell UCU NEC
Steve Hedley RMT London regional secretary
Alex Kenny NUT NEC