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From The Socialist newspaper, 2 March 2016
Workers' fightback sets the tone for East Midlands conference
Judy Beishon speaking at the 2016 East Midlands Socialist Party conference, photo by Mike Barker (Click to enlarge)
Lucy Nuttall, Leicester Socialist Party
Throughout the East Midlands we have seen an upsurge in the willingness of workers to fight back against unfair conditions and low pay. The Samworth Brothers food workers in Leicestershire, school support staff in Derby and the local junior doctors, to name a few.
On 28 February, members of the Socialist Party from across the region came together for a conference in Nottingham.
Judy Beishon, a member of the Socialist Party executive committee, opened the discussion on Britain, emphasising the need to put forward an internationalist socialist viewpoint opposing the EU and fighting for workers' rights.
Dave Gorton talked about organising workplace paper sales and the need for trade unions to line up against local government cuts.
Discussing how to appeal to more women, Karen Seymour suggested holding Saturday morning meetings, to make it as easy as possible for women to attend and get involved in party activity.
The workshop on building the party among students, led by Matt Whale and Theo Winston, discussed how to reach out to young people in schools and colleges.
Anti-cuts campaigns have been a major focus of the Socialist Party's work in the region, as reported by regional organiser Steve Score. The fight against fire service cuts has been hugely successful as well as campaigns against the closures of adult social care homes and children's centres.
Over £500 was raised for the fighting fund appeal. This shows the commitment of members to building a strong revolutionary party that fights for socialism.
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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
- The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
- When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.
In The Socialist 2 March 2016:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Socialism back on the agenda
EU referendum: 'In' campaigners crank up Project Fear
Support junior doctors' strikes
Tories propose endless austerity...We say: 'No way!'
Fifa: invest in working class sport, not profits
Rough sleeping flies up 30% in one year
Them & Us
International Women's Day
International Women's Day 2016: Should women support Hillary Clinton?
International socialist news and analysis
Irish voters reject 'two-and-a-half party system'
Stop the war on the Kurds!
Socialist Party workplace news
Historic further education strike in England
Determined junior doctors fight on
A day in the life of a Women's Aid worker in Wales
Food workers "adamant" in fight against pay cut
Labour council attacks trade unions
May Day greetings with the socialist
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Uprising against A&E closure
Swansea: youth orchestra joins protest against cuts
Labour rush to cut, with Tory support
The Isle of Wight needs socialism!
Workers' fightback sets tone for East Mids conference
Help us seize every opportunity to fight austerity
Housing nightmare the focus of student campaign
Young Labour conference: Left and right lock horns
Why I joined: "The same values that I believed"
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