Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/947/25367

From The Socialist newspaper, 3 May 2017

Scott Jones speaking at Usdaw conference, May 2017, photo by Isai

Scott Jones speaking at Usdaw conference, May 2017, photo by Isai   (Click to enlarge)

Union leadership and Labour right challenged at shop workers' conference

"It's great to have a Labour Party leader in Jeremy Corbyn who condemns former BHS boss Phillip Green and tells him to be scared, as opposed to knighting him as Tony Blair did in 2006," I told the annual delegate meeting (ADM) of Usdaw, the shop and distribution workers' union, in Blackpool on 2 May.

I moved a proposition in support of mandatory reselection of Labour MPs which was narrowly lost but, despite being opposed by the union leadership, was supported by most speakers. Delegates, including Labour parlimentary candidates past and present queued up to speak in support of it.

We pointed out that Corbyn can win with socialist policies but some MPs are undermining him in the most important general election in a generation.

On the same stage Labour deputy leader Tom Watson had just been challenged by Socialist Party member Isai Priya on why Tony Blair is still in Labour after calling for a Tory vote, to massive applause. Watson was heckled with a call to "support your leader".

Stifle debate

The Usdaw leadership tried to stifle debate by asking branches to withdraw propositions they opposed, This included on reselection by East London branch which we refused to withdraw.

But the leadership did encounter some fiery opposition. The conference literally kicked off with a former Usdaw employee unfurling a banner saying "Respect your workers" in the conference hall before being bundled out.

And a Scottish delegate tried to refer back the entire agenda after it emerged Usdaw had blocked discussion on nine emergency propositions on the issue of a Scottish referendum.

This tone continued when two delegates called for general secretary John Hannett to announce his impending retirement at the same time as the 2018 presidential and executive committee elections to save the union money, which he refused to comment on.

The Usdaw Broad Left at ADM agreed to endorse Socialist Party member Amy Murphy for president and to organise a Broad Left challenge in each division - the biggest left challenge in a generation.

Socialist Party members spoke in debates on the living wage, fighting racism, the nationalisation of failing retail companies and the battle to support Jeremy Corbyn and his ideas in Labour.

Our fringe meeting discussed these issues and the upcoming union elections with our biggest ever attendance. We sold 99 copies of the Socialist and many copies of the Usdaw Activist pamphlet.

Scott Jones, Usdaw ADM delegate

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


In The Socialist 3 May 2017:


What we think

Race against time for May as Corbyn sets out anti-austerity case


Socialist Party news and analysis

Jeremy Corbyn's workers' charter

Corbyn pledges a million homes and landlord regulation

McDonnell promises reversal of Tories' tax cuts for the super-rich

Corbyn pledges end to uni fees and school cuts

Corbyn government would lift NHS pay cap

Support for socialist programme in Labour Liverpool rally


Social care in crisis

Beyond the crisis point: saving social care


International socialist news and analysis

Packed court laughs down cutter Joan Burton's comparison to Marxist James Connolly

Trump's policies hit a wall


Socialist Students

NUS leadership: Blairites supported by establishment


Workplace news and analysis

Unison health conference: fury over leadership's feet dragging

Union leadership and Labour right challenged at shop workers' conference

McDonald's forced to back down on zero-hours

PCS elections - vote Democracy Alliance

Transport union protests against driver-only operation outside parliament


Socialist readers' comments and reviews

Rare opportunity to see Russian revolution lifted off the page


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Mersey metro-mayor TV debate

'Socialist Steve' takes on the robots

TUSC's south Wales challenge to pro-cuts parties


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Buy your ticket now for the political event of the year: Socialism 2017

Housing association workers' and tenants' alternative awards ceremony

Sheffield mental health campaigner: "austerity kills"


 

Home   |   The Socialist 3 May 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Usdaw:

triangleTesco's 10% pay increase accompanied by cuts and job losses

triangleThe left unions and the Labour Party affiliation debate

triangleUsdaw ADM 2017: Left challenge needed to end assault on retail jobs and conditions

triangleJobstown trial begins

triangleSolidarity with Tesco Ireland Valentine's Day strike

Workers:

triangleBirmingham bin workers - fighting back wins!

triangleProtests against state repression in Russia and Kazakhstan

triangleMarx's Capital at 150: an unequalled analysis

triangleWorkers' struggles in Peru: eyewitness report

Union:

triangleYoung, angry and fighting back

triangleGovernment's tribunal fees defeat

triangleWorkplace news in brief

Labour:

triangleVital Derby women's services under threat - campaign calls on council to step in

triangle'Ana Key MP' - Socialist artist responds to attacks

Socialist:

triangleSouth-East London Socialist Party: From Militant to the Socialist Party

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

17/8/17

Derby

Vital Derby women's services under threat - campaign calls on council to step in

17/8/17

Bin workers

Birmingham bin workers - fighting back wins!

15/8/17

Glasgow

Glasgow janitors win famous victory

15/8/17

Summer camp

Summer Camp

11/8/17

Nurses

The stress and hardship faced by nurses

11/8/17

Kazakhstan

Protests against state repression in Russia and Kazakhstan

9/8/17

Coventry

Coventry: march following racist police killing

9/8/17

Birmingham

Angry bin workers enter fifth week of strike action

9/8/17

Hull

Young, angry and fighting back

9/8/17

TUSC

How much reserves have councils got?

9/8/17

Barts

Barts strike: Keep up the pressure on Serco and the trust!

9/8/17

The Socialist

Postie paper sale

9/8/17

Leeds

Support for Socialist Party campaigns at biggest ever Leeds Pride

9/8/17

Mansfield

Campaign fights closure of Chatsworth rehab ward

9/8/17

Far-right

Far-right thrown out of Newcastle

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


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

triangle17 Aug Vital Derby women's services under threat - campaign calls on council...

triangle17 Aug Birmingham bin workers - fighting back wins!

triangle15 Aug US: neo-Nazi violence reawakens resistance

triangle9 Aug Angry bin workers enter fifth week of strike action

triangle9 Aug Young, angry and fighting back

triangle9 Aug Striking back against poverty pay

triangle9 Aug Marx's Capital at 150: an unequalled analysis and critique of...

More ...

triangle22 Aug Derby Socialist Party: Israel/Palestine - one state or two?

triangle23 Aug Salford Socialist Party: Why Marxism opposes terrorism

triangle23 Aug Hackney Socialist Party: Northern Ireland - the DUP deal and Brexit

triangle23 Aug South-East London Socialist Party: USA - The fight against Trump and the struggle for a socialist alternative

More ...

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

Archive

Archives:

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 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