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Campaign for a new workers' party
Sign up to the campaign
THIS WEEK, eight members of the National Executive Committee of NATFHE (the further and higher education union) have signed up to the declaration in support of the Campaign for a New Workers' Party. This is just one sign that the campaign is gaining momentum as the bankruptcy of New Labour's policies becomes even more apparent.
The gap between the agendas of the mainstream political parties and what ordinary people need is widening. Many more attacks on pensions, working conditions, the health service and the education system are planned in the near future with no party standing up for the interests of the working class.
The declaration states:
- We, the undersigned, agree to campaign for the establishment of a new mass workers' party in England and Wales.
- We will campaign for the calling of a representative conference as a step towards the founding of a new party.
- We will also support all other genuine initiatives towards independent working-class representation, including the conference called by the RMT.
What can I do to support the campaign?
First of all, read and sign up to the declaration, if you haven't already. Email email@example.com to pledge your support, visit www.cnwp.org.uk to download a full version of the declaration and sign the online petition or get in touch with your local Socialist Party branch who will have paper copies of the declaration and petition.
Circulate copies of the declaration around your workplace, trade union branch, school, college or university. Discuss the campaign with others and ask them to sign the petition.
Draw up a list of those in your local area who you will approach and ask to support the campaign. All Socialist Party branches should already be working on this.
Help plan a local launch of the campaign in your area with other supporters, trade union branches, community groups, anti-war groups and others who support the declaration.
Organise stalls and activities to publicise the campaign, including stalls outside workplaces in your area.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for advice, publicity material or to invite a speaker from the campaign to attend a local meeting. You can also send reports of any activities to this email address as well as any examples of campaign initiatives from your local area.
NEW SIGNATORIES for the Campaign for a New Workers' Party this week include:
Rob Williams Convenor Visteon Swansea plant, TGWU, Christian Bunke NUJ Joint Branch Secretary, Mick Griffiths Branch Secretary UNISON, Wakefield & Pontefract hospitals branch, Alec Thraves Swansea AMICUS & Swansea Trades Council, Roger MacKay President, Ipswich & District TUC and Secretary/Treasurer Ipswich Association NUT, Marc Glasscoe Assistant Secretary and International and Political Officer Lincoln City Unison, Katrine Williams PCS DWP GEC, Dominic Smith UNISON Winchester Health Joint Branch Secretary, Sue Atkins AUT Southampton Uni Executive Committee, Stephen Dobbs Southampton Uni Student Union Cultural Diversity Officer, Will Schafer-Peek Southampton Uni Student Union LGBT Officer, Nick Chaffey UNISON Southampton District Local Government Branch Committee.
Website: www.cnwp.org.uk (opens in new window)
In The Socialist 8 December 2005: