Sunday, 24 January 2010

FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT TO WORK, Saturday 30 January, Central Hall, Oldham Street , Manchester

Come to the conference of resistance and solidarity
Saturday 30 January,

Central Hall, Oldham Street , Manchester


- Fight for every job
- Organise to stop the cuts
- Defend services and pensions
- Unite the public and private sectors
- Demand a million green jobs
- Jobs not bombs
- Defend migrant workers – jobs for all


There’s a deep economic crisis – and the bosses and the politicians want us to pay for it. It’s bad now, and an avalanche of cuts is coming after the election. But there’s also a fightback, and we need more of that.
Whenever there’s resistance, then we need solidarity. Many working people rallied round the postal workers’ national fight. And many have also backed the Leeds bins workers, the BA workers, the Superdrug workers and other groups who have taken action.
This conference is designed to bring together those networks of resistance and to make them stronger. This is a brilliant chance to learn from one another and spread the lessons of the fightback.
It’s not just for trade unionists, and it won’t just be about workplace struggle. We are having speakers and workshops on issues like the war in Afghanistan, anti-racist battles, decent housing, and so on. We want students, unemployed workers, anti-war activists, pensioners, campaigners for green jobs, housing activists and anti-racist activists to come.
It won’t be a talking shop. We want to organise initiatives from the conference. For example, some people have suggested a day of action around welfare ‘reform’ or a coordinated push to unionise in specific areas, or action to defend and organise migrant workers.
We want to people to bring their own ideas to the conference and to go away with stronger organisation.
Speakers include:

Mark Serwotka (PCS),
Sally Hunt (UCU),
Mark Smith (former Vestas worker),
Tony Kearns (CWU),
Jeremy Dear (NUJ),
Jerry Hicks (Unite),
Paul Brandon (Unite bus worker),
Nahella Ashraf (chair, Greater Manchester Stop the War),
Dave Chapple (Chair National Shop Stewards Network),
Clara Osagiede (RMT cleaners’ secretary),
Kevin Courtney (NUT national executive, personal capacity),
Dot Gibson (General Secretary, National Pensioners Convention)
and speakers from the Fujitsu strike, Royal Mail dispute, Brighton bins dispute, BA cabin crew, Superdrug… and many more.
Structured around various workshops ranging from how to stop the great pension robbery, to the fight for a million green jobs.

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