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From The Socialist newspaper, 25 June 2014
GMB members question Labour link
Kim Hendry, GMB London region delegate (personal capacity)
You can tell the general election is less than a year away when Ed Miliband, Rachel Reeves and three other senior Labour politicians descend on GMB congress to whip up the Labour vote.
But an earlier debate revealed the real feelings of GMB activists with heavy applause and whistles greeting a motion to stop all Labour Party funding (excluding party affiliation fees) "until the manifesto reflects GMB policies". This motion was lost after opposition by the central executive committee.
Time and again delegates criticised Labour policies, but this anger and frustration lacked direction and focus because the union leadership has no clear anti-cuts strategy but to campaign for a Labour victory next year.
General secretary Paul Kenny failed to mention the 10 July national coordinated strike action.
Apart from when I moved a motion on fighting austerity and building for a general strike, the only other reference I heard to 10 July was a question put to Miliband who failed to clearly support the strike.
Kenny reported progress on signing a recognition agreement with ASDA which will ultimately cover some 200,000 workers. He also stressed that 'lay members lead the union' and that the union needs to move away from full-time officers, employed by the GMB, running branches!
GMB members are at the sharp end of many of the worst austerity cuts and this was reflected in many motions, including on zero-hours contracts, benefit cuts, work capability assessment and bedroom tax.
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In The Socialist 25 June 2014:
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Western hypocrisy as Iraq disintegrates
Blame the profit system not its victims!
NHS: The world's best - but for how long?
Miliband - the emperor with no clothes
Them & Us
Socialist Party review
Thomas Piketty: The new Marx?
International socialist news and analysis
Hong Kong: Pro-Beijing newspaper attacks socialists
Israel: Nationalist thugs assault CWI members
Socialist Party workplace news
How can Unite lead fight against cuts?
Reinstate Bryan Kennedy!
Unison conference: members call for united action
GMB members question Labour link
Safety Glass strikers demonstrate their strength
National Museum Wales strike
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
People's Assembly demo shows anti-austerity anger
South Yorkshire 'Freedom Riders' attacked by police
Fighting for young people in Blackwall and Cubitt Town
Victory! York socialists win university letting agency
Tottenham: Stop fascist attacks
Winning recruits for socialism
Tax dodgers feel the heat
Supermarket price wars
A day in the life of a supermarket worker
When Thatcher unleashed her attack dogs
Gerry Conlon: Fighter against state injustice
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