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From The Socialist newspaper, 31 March 2009
No2EU - Yes to Democracy
Bob Crow on the anti-G20 demo, photo Paul Mattsson
The No2EU-Yes to Democracy electoral coalition, headed by Bob Crow, the general secretary of the RMT transport workers' union, will be contesting seats in June's European elections.
The coalition will campaign against the EU-led privatisation of our public services, for workers' rights, and in opposition to the EU constitution (now repackaged as the Lisbon Treaty), which puts into EU law the failed doctrines of free market economics.
The immediate task facing the coalition in the next couple of weeks is to raise the funds necessary to enable it to stand as widely as possible across Britain. The RMT is financially backing the campaign but its national political fund is limited. So while many other national trade unions continue to use their political funds to finance New Labour, No2EU-Yes to Democracy will have to rely on the support of individual trade unionists.
NO2EU on the 'Put People First' demo, photo Paul Mattsson
An appeal sheet has been produced, with a message from Bob Crow, which should be used to collect donations urgently. For copies of this, and to find out more information, go to the website at www.no2eu.com
Postal donations, with cheques made out to 'No2EU-Yes to Democracy', should be sent to Unity House, 39 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD, with your name and address.
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Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal
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.
- Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
- 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.
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We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.
In The Socialist 31 March 2009:
The G20 leaders have no solution to the crisis...
Fight for a future!
Youth Fight for Jobs conference
Why I'm marching
The grim reality of job-hunting
G20 Summit: Capitalism facing 'make or break'
Free market system killing our planet
Bail out workers, not Wall Street!
Socialist Party workplace news
Visteon workers occupy Belfast factory
Construction workers' protests continue
Socialist stands in Aslef leadership elections
College teachers strike in Eastbourne
Unison needs a fighting leadership: Leeds City Council
Whipps Cross Hospital
Socialist Party Marxist analysis
Economic crisis turning into political action
Socialist Party election campaign
No2EU - Yes to Democracy
Dave Nellist on the Politics Show
Socialist Party campaigns
Poor hit by price rises
No to privatised polyclinics
Gordon Brown meets the bankers
Sack the bankers not the workers!
International socialist news and analysis
Now that the profits are drying up in the Indian software industry
Sweden: Socialist councillor viciously assaulted by Nazis
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