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From The Socialist newspaper, 22 October 2006


socialism2006 is a weekend of discussion and debate hosted by the Socialist Party, taking place on Saturday (3pm) /Sunday (10am-4.30pm)

25 & 26 November

Seminars and debates will be held at ULU, Malet St, London WC1.

Rally for Socialism will be at Friends Meeting House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1.

rally for socialism

Saturday 25 November 6.30pm-9pm

Speakers include: Mark Serwotka - general secretary of the civil servants' union PCS;

Lucy Redler - member of the WASG regional executive committee and Socialist Alternative (CWI, Germany); Tommy Sheridan - member of the Scottish parliament and leader of the newly formed Solidarity; the Scottish Socialist Movement;

Len Hockey - Socialist Party member and joint branch secretary of Walthamstow Health UNISON.

Socialism 2006 is a weekend of discussion about how to kick back against this rotten capitalist system of war, poverty and exploitation and fight for the socialist alternative. The whole weekend will be an unmissable opportunity to meet up with other activists and exchange experiences and ideas, but the high point of the weekend looks set to be the Saturday evening Rally for Socialism.

The speakers at the Rally include some of the most important Left workers' representatives in Europe. Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of the PCS, is at the head of a union that is currently leading the fightback against Blair and Brown's attempts to massacre our public and civil services. One in every five jobs in the civil service is under threat and at the same time civil servants are seeing their pay and conditions under attack too! The fighting lead that the PCS has given in combating these attacks has seen it grow at a faster rate than any other trade union in the UK.

Two of the other speakers, Lucy Redler and Tommy Sheridan, will be representing important organisations in the German and Scottish socialist movements. Lucy stood as a WASG candidate in the recent Berlin elections against the 'Red-Red' coalition of the SPD and the Links Partei who are carrying out cuts and privatisation in the local government there.

Tommy Sheridan, of the newly formed Solidarity - Scotland's Socialist Movement, has been involved in the battle to defend socialist ideas through his recent libel action against the Murdoch gutter press. Tommy's victory has created a momentum for Solidarity to grow in size and influence and CWI members in Scotland are working alongside Tommy to build it.

Also speaking will be Len Hockey - Socialist Party member and UNISON joint branch secretary for Whipps Cross Hospital, east london. Len has recently led successful strike action of low-paid domestics and porters against Initial Rentokil at the hospital - scoring a victory against the privatisers and the service-cutters. Their victory is an inspiration to anyone who wants to defend and rebuild the NHS.

As well as these and other speakers there will be video footage of struggle from around the world.

The Rally for Socialism is set to be the high point of Socialism 2006, offering inspiration and analysis to the workers and young people there. Make sure you are one of them!

Greg Maughan

Ticket prices:

weekend - 20 waged

10 unwaged/low paid lrally/one day

only 10 waged

5 unwaged/low paid

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London E11 1YD

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