Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/413/4695

From The Socialist newspaper, 27 October 2005

Rally for socialism


Socialism 2005

A weekend of debate and discussion organised by the Socialist Party, 12-13 November

Rally for socialism

6-9 pm Saturday 12 November

Friends Meeting House - 173 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ (nearest tube and mainline station Euston)


Rally for Socialism"YOU AND your idealised socialist world" fumed Sir Digby Jones, director general of the CBI, as he launched an assault on Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the civil servants trade union (PCS) on Channel 4 news last week.

Sir Digby claimed to be fighting for private sector workers as he 'spat blood' at the audacity of public-sector workers using the threat of strike action to force the government to partially withdraw their plans to launch an onslaught on public sector pensions.

The truth is a bit different. The biggest gap in pension provision is not between public and private sector but between the few at the top and the rest of us.

In the private sector top executives retire on six-figure sums, while millions of workers receive no contributions from their employers at all.

In the public sector government ministers and Whitehall Mandarins are looking at very comfortable pension packages, while the average civil servant currently retires on less than 4,000 a year.

For Sir Digby, if you dare to oppose the relentless drive of the multinational companies to maximise their profits, you are dreaming of a 'socialist paradise'. The conclusion that many workers are starting to draw is - if it is socialists who are leading the struggle to protect our pay and conditions - let's find out more about socialism.

Socialism 2005 is an opportunity to do just that. The centrepiece of the weekend will be the Rally for Socialism from 6pm-9.30pm on Saturday evening.

Mark SerwotkaMark Serwotka (left) will be speaking alongside many other socialists and campaigners.

They will include a representative of the US anti-war campaign Military Families Speak Out whose brother is serving in Iraq, a live-link up with socialists working in the earthquake zone in Kashmir, Joe Higgins, the Socialist Party MP in Ireland who recently went to jail for a month for leading a campaign against unfair taxation, Peter Taaffe general secretary of the Socialist Party, and many more.

If you want to know more about socialist ideas - make sure you come to Socialism 2005 - and particularly the Rally for Socialism.


Highlights

Sunday 1pm-3pm

Lessons of the Gama dispute - how to build trade unions amongst immigrant workers. Introduced by Joe Higgins, Socialist Party TD (MP), Ireland.

Over the last few years immigration into Britain has increased. Around 14,000 workers are arriving in Britain from Eastern Europe every month. The vast majority are suffering extreme exploitation in low paid work.

One of the key tasks for trade unions in Britain is to reach and organise these workers.

In Ireland, the Socialist Party played a leading role in a struggle to defend a group of Turkish construction workers who were being paid only 1.50 an hour and working up to 84 hours a week!

As a result of the heroic struggle of these workers, assisted by the Socialist Party, they were able to win all the back pay they were entitled to.

Joe Higgins explains how it was done and what the lessons are for trade unionists.


Venue for all other sessions and workshops University of London Union (ULU), Malet St, London WC1. Sessions will be between 2 - 5 pm on

Saturday and between 10 am and 4.30 pm on Sunday.

Click here to BOOK YOUR TICKET TODAY!

Ticket costs: For waged: 10 for rally and 20 for weekend. For unwaged and minimum wage: 5 for rally and 10 for weekend. Make cheques payable to 'Socialism' and send to PO Box 24697, London, E11 1YD.

For regular updates on the agenda and speakers go to:

www.socialism2005.net

 or email socialism@socialistparty.org.uk

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 27 October 2005:

Keep 'the market' out of schools

United against fascism

Rioting in Lozells

Come to Socialism 2005

Conference for action needed for new mass workers' party

Socialist Students -

Pensions battle not over - but Labour in retreat

Stop these drastic hospital cuts

Defending trade union rights

The politics of relief: political manoeuvres begin


 

Home   |   The Socialist 27 October 2005   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Socialism:

triangleHackney & Islington Socialist Party: Antisemitism, Socialism and the National Question

triangleTories fear youth revolt - fight for our future

triangleSouthampton Socialist Party: What is the difference between socialism and communism?

triangleCardiff Central Socialist Party: Socialism or anarchism?

Socialist:

triangleLewisham & Southwark Socialist Party: Reform or Revolution?

triangleLewisham & Southwark Socialist Party: What would a socialist council look like?

Socialist Party:

triangleLewisham & Southwark Socialist Party: A socialist perspective on antisemitism & the left

triangleBristol South Socialist Party: The struggle for women's suffrage

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

18/4/18

UCU

UCU members vote to end pensions dispute

18/4/18

Usdaw

Usdaw conference 2018: time for new era of fighting trade unionism

18/4/18

Leeds

Victorious Fearnville Fields campaigners thank the Socialist

18/4/18

Hull

Hull says no to war, no to austerity

18/4/18

The Socialist

The Socialist - a fighting, campaigning, workers' paper

18/4/18

Socialist Party

Building fund: 150,000 milestone smashed!

18/4/18

Fighting Fund

Give us your change (and more) to fight for system change!

18/4/18

Scotland

Workers' victory over anti-union Scottish council

18/4/18

Newham

Avenue School strikers and parents win judicial review

18/4/18

PCS

Vote for a left, fighting PCS leadership

18/4/18

PCS

PCS rejects Acas offer - further strikes announced

18/4/18

Bromley

Bromley libraries - indefinite strike action continues

18/4/18

Butterfields

Butterfields tenants join TUSC campaign

13/4/18

Cuts

Fighting the cuts to women's services

11/4/18

Health

May elections: a chance to fight attacks on health and social care

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999