Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/955/25796

From The Socialist newspaper, 5 July 2017

Unison conference: Socialist Party argues for a socialist Brexit

Striking unions include Unison, Unite, GMB and the Royal College of Midwives, photo Paul Mattsson

Striking unions include Unison, Unite, GMB and the Royal College of Midwives, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Mia Hollsing, Unison conference delegate (personal capacity)

One of the important debates at the 2017 Unison conference was about Brexit. One year on from the referendum, there were a number of motions and amendments about what form Brexit should take and what role the union should play.

The Unison leadership was forced to acknowledge that the Leave vote was not purely about immigration, but in large part a vote against the establishment and austerity. Socialist Party members played an important role in this debate. There was also a debate about the single market, as the leadership backs continued membership.

I argued against this, explaining that the single market is a neo-liberal free trade area based on the so-called 'four freedoms' - freedom of movement of people, goods, services and capital.

Race to the bottom

I am an EU citizen and I respect the right of people to live and work where they choose, but I explained employers must not be allowed to use migrant labour as a way to drive down terms and conditions (as has happened under EU rules, and this would continue if we remain in the single market).

I also explained that freedom of movement of capital is what allows employers to move production abroad to increase their profits and that the rules around freedom of movement for goods and services forbid nationalisation of services.

I pointed out that Corbyn's programme for nationalisation of the railways, Royal Mail and energy companies would therefore be illegal under single market membership, and that we would also be unable to save the steel industry by nationalising plants such as Port Talbot in Wales.

What we need is not a 'soft' Brexit or a 'hard' Brexit, but a socialist Brexit and this means leaving the single market. These arguments were well received by conference, winning the debate. However, unhappy at the vote, the president took it another two times until they got vote they wanted.

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


In The Socialist 5 July 2017:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Public sector wages - Pay up!

Jobstown victory: protest is not a crime!

Blairite EU rebellion: no to the bosses' Single Market

Fight establishment's Grenfell insults: no to cover-up, safety for all!

Hillsborough: six charged due to determination of justice campaign

Tories' tuition fees wobble: fight for free education!


Readers' comments and reviews

200-year miscarriage of justice exposing ruling class

Transport strategy: London's mayor is no visionary

The Socialist inbox


What we think

1 July demo: anger and enthusiasm shows potential mass movement


Socialist Party workplace news

'Jubilant' hospital workers strike against poverty pay in east London

Support the Merseyrail strikes against DOO

RMT conference opens debate on Labour and pledges to fight anti-union laws

Bin workers' anger boils over into strike action

Unison conference: Socialist Party argues for a socialist Brexit

Surrey FBU pass no confidence motion

BA cabin crew blacklisting strike starts

Leeds: Nurses' union RCN says 'scrap the cap'


Pride 2017

Pride 2017: we need a fighting, socialist movement for LGBT+ rights

Lessons from the Russian revolution for LGBT+ struggle today


NI abortion u-turn

Weakened Tories forced into Northern Ireland abortion u-turn


Housing

Haringey: stop demolition of homes and communities

South London tower block residents plan safety campaign

Newcastle tenants demand answers


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

East London community demands action after racist attacks

Another record fighting fund quarter!

From Militant to the Socialist Party - what you thought

Pensioners oppose DUP deal


 

Home   |   The Socialist 5 July 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Unison:

triangleBrighton Uni lecturers strike against job cuts

triangleLeeds college workers protest poor pay rises

triangleHundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

triangleThe fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against capitalist austerity

triangleUnison attacks Barts deal after failing to ballot their members for strike action

Socialist:

triangle110 years ago: massacre at Santa Maria school in Chile - commemorate 21 December 1907

triangleThe Socialist's 2017 quiz

triangleTwo in five 'right to buy' homes now for let

triangleBrexit deal no solution to Tory rifts

Brexit:

triangleCorbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

triangleLiverpool Socialist Party: For a socialist, internationalist Brexit

triangleTories on the brink - kick them out!

Socialist Party:

triangleStop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

triangleUnite day of action against blacklisting

Market:

triangleThem & Us

Nationalisation:

triangleRetail sector crunch: nationalise to save jobs

EU:

triangleA world in crisis, ripe for revolution

Immigration:

triangleRoyal wedding exposes them-and-us visa system

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

14/12/17

Waltham Forest

Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

13/12/17

London

Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

13/12/17

Fracking

Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

13/12/17

Devon

Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

13/12/17

Miners

Tory plan to hold dinner at coal mining museum defeated

13/12/17

Bradford

Bradford campaign to save children's services launched

13/12/17

South London

South London health bosses' cover-up

13/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite day of action against blacklisting

13/12/17

Brighton

Brighton victory

13/12/17

Newham

Newham anti-academies strikes

13/12/17

Tamil Solidarity

Tamil Solidarity and Refugee Rights activists meeting

12/12/17

Woolwich

Support the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

7/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite protest against blacklisting

7/12/17

RMT

Anti-DOO lobby of Liverpool's transport committee

6/12/17

Donald Trump

Mobilise to stop bigoted billionaire Donald Trump's state visit to Britain

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


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

triangle14 Dec Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

triangle13 Dec Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

triangle13 Dec Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

triangle13 Dec Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

triangle13 Dec Trump's incendiary Jerusalem statement reignites Israeli-Palestinian...

triangle13 Dec Labour 'purge' furore really just democracy

EU parliament, Strasbourg

triangle13 Dec Brexit deal no solution to Tory rifts

More ...

triangle14 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Universal Credit - the Tories' latest assault on the poor

triangle18 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Religion and Socialism

triangle19 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas social

triangle21 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Socialists and the National Question

More ...

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

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

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