Reports and Campaigns

spotAbout the Socialist Party

spotAnti-capitalism

spotAnti-privatisation

spotAnti-war

spotElection campaigns

spotEnvironment

spotHealth

spotSocialist women

spotWorkplace

spotYouth and Students

All keywords


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

Anti-capitalism keywords:

Anti-capitalism (5)

Anti-capitalist (32)

Big business (302)

Big-business (9)

Capitalism (855)

Fat cats (45)

Mcdonald (17)

Mcjobs (2)

Occupy (24)

Prague (6)

Ttip (18)

Wikileaks (6)

Workers Rights (1)


Reports and campaigns:

Anti-capitalism (1235)

Anti-fascist (561)

Anti-racism (701)

Anti-war (1487)

Asylum (209)

Black and Asian (391)

Children (372)

CNWP (108)

Corporate crime (2)

Disability (200)

Education (3889)

Election campaigns (2440)

Environment (603)

EU (449)

Finance (99)

Food (270)

Health and safety (33)

Health and welfare (311)

Housing (1025)

Human Rights (379)

LGBT Pride (141)

Local government (2169)

Local services (3643)

Low pay (506)

Migration (56)

Nationalisation (145)

New workers party (467)

NHS (1832)

Pensions (700)

Post Office (222)

Poverty (571)

Privatisation (1014)

Public Services (1125)

Socialism (867)

Socialist (43)

Sport (195)

Stop the slaughter of Tamils (89)

Students (1813)

The state (1366)

Transport (547)

TUSC (997)

Welfare rights (710)

Women (758)

Workplace and TU campaigns (8233)

Youth (1957)

Related websites

Youth Fight For Jobs

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

National Shop Stewards Network

Tamil Solidarity


Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: The Socialist issue 967, 18 October 2017: Tories torn - bin them now

Search site for keywords: Democratic rights - State - Union - Socialist - PCS - Trade union - Coventry - Socialist Party - Ricky Tomlinson - Trade unions - John Macreadie - Public sector - Police - Civil Service - Blacklisting - Chris Baugh - Capitalism

Conference on state spies and sabotage: who's watching who?

Coventry's 'Who's Watching Whom?' conference on state surveillance sends solidarity to Royal Mail workers, photo by Dave Nellist

Coventry's 'Who's Watching Whom?' conference on state surveillance sends solidarity to Royal Mail workers, photo by Dave Nellist   (Click to enlarge)

'John Smith', PCS union rep, Coventry

It is clear undercover surveillance of trade unionists and left activists has taken place - contrary to the myth that it couldn't happen in Britain.

Coventry Trade Union Council and the local Tom Mann branch of general union Unite held a conference in Coventry on 14 October. Entitled 'Who's watching whom - justice, trade union and democratic rights', the event drew 115 people throughout the day.

Ricky Tomlinson, known by millions for his role as Jim Royle in the BBC hit 'The Royle Family', was one of the main speakers. He described his victimisation for trade union activism which saw him receive a jail sentence! He gave a passionate speech which received a standing ovation from the entire room.

Dave Smith, author of 'Blacklisted', spoke about the blacklisting of trade unionists in construction.

Helen Steel spoke about her experience of abuse by an undercover policeman who started a false relationship with her before disappearing - all part of a spying operation targeting activists.

Chris Baugh, assistant general secretary of civil service union PCS, spoke about surveillance and attempts to sabotage unions by the state. He highlighted the need for action on public sector pay.

The state actively works to undermine unions. This includes the CPSA in 1980s - predecessor of the PCS - following the election of John Macreadie as general secretary. John was a supporter of Militant (now the Socialist Party).

And the Socialist reported in 2016 on the activities of one 'Carlo Neri', who the police had placed at taxpayers' expense as a mole in the Socialist Party.

The event was illuminating and inspiring for all who attended. It helped remind us what we are up against in trying to build fighting, democratic trade unions - and ultimately, get rid of capitalism. However, the speakers were not pessimistic.

On the contrary, all who attended left the conference fired up and with a greater understanding of how the capitalist state works and the lengths it will go to. The system can be defeated by a mass movement armed with a socialist programme to change society.






Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Related links:

Democratic rights:

triangleKurdish referendum declared illegal

triangleEditorial of the Socialist, issue 968

triangleCampaign against political repression in Hong Kong

triangleWho's watching who?: The fight for justice, trade union and democratic rights

State:

triangleSpain: Madrid rally celebrates October revolution

triangleThe "club no-one wants to be part of" - march by families of those killed in police custody

triangleCatalonia: Rajoy's furious response to proclamation of Republic

triangleThe Socialist inbox

Union:

triangleGeneral secretary coronation

triangleWarrington Socialist Party: The battle of Winwick Quay

triangleVirgin train workers ballot for strike action

Socialist:

triangleManchester Socialist Party: Solidarity meeting - hear from Manchester strikers

PCS:

triangleSheffield Eastern Ave Job Centre strike ends

Trade union:

triangleObituary: Derek Robinson, car workers' leader, 1927-2017

Coventry:

triangleCoventry: march following racist police killing

Socialist Party:

triangleLeeds Socialist Party: Perspectives for struggle around the world

Ricky Tomlinson:

triangleNewcastle: Socialist Party defies ban to counter the far-right

Trade unions:

triangleSocialism 2017: ideas to change the world

John Macreadie:

triangleIncreased majority for Democracy Alliance

Public sector:

triangleAfter the budget - unions must launch pay fight

Police:

triangleOrgreave campaigners' Halloween 'Death of Justice' march

Civil Service:

trianglePCS pay cap ballot closes soon

Blacklisting:

triangleNorth east England blacklisting conference success

Chris Baugh:

triangleMass rally to commemorate 1917 Russian Revolution

Capitalism:

triangleWhy I joined the Socialist Party: "I started to question whether there was a better way"