Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/902/22835

From The Socialist newspaper, 18 May 2016

Newcastle: countering the fascist menace

Norman Hall, Gateshead Socialist Party

On 14 May far-right groups organised a rabble of 50, from as far afield as Scotland, for a demo and rally in Byker, the east end of Newcastle. Although they profess the importance of nationality, some seemed confused about their own, when they launched into a chant of "we're English"!

They were met by 150 to 200, overwhelmingly Tynesiders, gathered to oppose their vile racist ideology. This counter-demo and rally was initiated by the National Shop Stewards Network (Northern), Youth Against Racism in Europe (YRE) and the Socialist Party at relatively short notice.

The rally was addressed by officials and shop stewards from BFAWU, Unite, and RMT unions as well as the YRE, Northumbria University NUS and others.

The counter-demo was loud and enthusiastic and determined that the racist message of disunity and blaming refugees, immigrants and minorities for the crimes of capitalism, did not go unopposed.

The Socialist Party calls for a united movement against racism and for jobs, homes and services for all.

Alan Milne, a BFAWU regional organiser, Mark Robinson, a Unite shop steward and Stan Herschel, RMT regional organiser (retired) all commented on the poisonous role of fascists in the workplace and the need to drive them out of the unions.

Mark related how previously a BNP member, who held the role of shop steward before him, drove union membership down to 20%. Mark reported membership was currently 95%, including Polish workers, two of who are themselves now shop stewards.

The family of one of the Polish stewards had 36 relatives killed by the Nazis and his grandfather had come to Britain and joined the RAF to oppose fascism.

Proceedings were wound up with a determination to oppose the fascists wherever and whenever they raise their heads.

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


In The Socialist 18 May 2016:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Tories attack: fight back

NHS staffing black hole

Bristol Green backs cuts

Stamp out sexist dress codes

University of Facebook

Blair bombshell

What we saw

Them & Us


PCS Conference 2016

PCS leads the way in fightback against Tories

"Where's Carwyn?" - museum workers demand action

BIS members strike to save jobs and keep offices open

Government defeated by check-off court challenge


The EU

The EU and the economy - Project Fear steps up

Vote to leave the 'Employers' Union' and fight the bosses' government


Socialist Party workplace news

Teachers: vote Yes to strike - defend pay and conditions

Higher education action over pay and casualisation

Junior doctors vote to work with and develop links with other unions

Unite housing workers walk out against intransigent bosses

Low paid Pennine Foods workers strike over cuts to premiums

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

On an upward trajectory: my experience as a new Socialist Party member

Newcastle: countering the fascist menace


International socialist news and analysis

France: New stage in battle over labour law

Belgium: unions call national demos and general strikes


Readers' comments and reviews

TV review: Occupied

Featured letter: stop the badger cull

Socialist postbag


 

Home   |   The Socialist 18 May 2016   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Newcastle:

triangleRMT rail members buoyed by coordinated action

triangleRMT strikes against removal of train guards spreads

triangleFar-right thrown out of Newcastle

triangleNorthern Pride's a success

triangleNewcastle tenants demand answers

Fascist:

triangleEditorial of the Socialist, issue 968

triangleGerman elections: rise of the far right and right-wing government will provoke resistance

triangleDemonstrators see off far-right in Keighley

triangleLewisham 1977: When socialists and workers defeated the far-right National Front

Socialist:

triangleTeesside Socialist Party: 'Fake' Trump! What's really going on in the US?

triangleTheatre: 'Young Marx' shows growth in great platform for his ideas

triangleSocialist Party women's meeting brings together members to share experiences

Socialist Party:

triangleSouthern Socialist Party conference

triangleSouthampton Socialist Party: Is there a global nuclear threat?

Shop Stewards:

triangleUnite day of action against blacklisting

Racism:

triangleSweden: School strike against deportations

Fascists:

triangleOpposing the National Front in Grantham

Northumbria:

triangleTyneside to protest against A&E and walk-in cuts

Far-right:

triangleProtest outside Ukip conference against German far-right speaker

Gateshead:

triangleHuge crowd turns out to hear Jeremy Corbyn

Youth Against Racism in Europe:

triangleNew Socialist Party pamphlet: Fight racism, fight for socialism

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

17/1/18

Women

Socialist Party women's meeting brings together members to share experiences

17/1/18

Newham

Packed Newham meeting against academies

17/1/18

Liverpool

Lobby pushes Liverpool council to oppose privatisation

17/1/18

Barking

Heating scandal on east London estate

17/1/18

Policing

Undercover policing legal challenge

17/1/18

Woolwich

No to the Woolwich monster block

17/1/18

Union

Workplace news in brief

17/1/18

Union

PCS union 2018 elections - nominate the left slate for a continued fighting leadership

17/1/18

Hackney

Hackney school cleaners strike

17/1/18

RMT

RMT strikes against driver-only operation continue

17/1/18

Yorkshire

Ferrybridge: Workers down tools over unpaid wages

17/1/18

Cuts

We must fight all council cuts!

17/1/18

Socialist Party

Southern Socialist Party conference

16/1/18

Birmingham

Home care workers to strike

12/1/18

Waltham Forest

Outrage against 'monster block' plan

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle17 Jan Corbyn's Labour needs 100% anti-cuts strategy and fight for democracy

triangle17 Jan NHS crisis: under pressure from all angles - end cuts and sell-offs!

triangle17 Jan We must fight all council cuts!

triangle16 Jan Home care workers to strike

triangle15 Jan Carillion crisis: Demand action to save jobs and services

triangle12 Jan Outrage against 'monster block' plan

triangle12 Jan Mini-strike wave continues and intensifies

More ...

triangle23 Jan Bristol North Socialist Party: 'You can't have capitalism without racism' - was Malcolm X correct?

triangle23 Jan Cardiff West Socialist Party: How the Poll Tax was beaten

triangle24 Jan Caerphilly Socialist Party: The Carillion scandal

triangle24 Jan Cardiff Central Socialist Party: Carillion collapse - Watershed moment for public services

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2