Morning Star Conference: Building unity now against cuts (featuring John McDonnell)

Submitted by Administrator on Wed, 02/15/2017 - 18:17
Start Date
Sun 12th Mar at 11:00 am

The year’s spring conference will discuss what can be done to rebuild collective organisation. It will hear of the proposals from the Labour Party to make the reintroduction of collective bargaining a key plank of its legislative programme. The conference will also discuss the urgent and immediate challenge of rebuilding working class unity from below in the battle to defend workers and communities against the cuts currently being imposed across local government and the public sector.
Over the past ten years the share of national income going to working people has fallen by over 5 per cent and since 1975 by 15 per cent. Over the same period the proportion of working people in trade unions has fallen from over 50 per cent to little more than 20 per cent. Among those aged under 25 the proportion is now below 7 per cent. The number of workers covered by collective bargaining has been more than halved to just 29 per cent.
This transformation has political causes: a succession of governments that have sought to undermine every aspect of organisation among working people and above all the trade union movement. The transformation has also had political consequences: fatalism, racism and the rise of right-wing populism

Joginder Bains General Secretary Indian Workers Association (GB)
Tommy Campbell Unite Organiser Aberdeen
Jane Carolan Unison NEC; TUC GC
Denise Christie Chair Scottish Labour Campaign for Socialism; Treasurer FBU Scotland
Neil Findlay MSP (Labour) Lothians
Roz Foyer Senior Organiser Unite Scotland
Tam Kirby Fife People’s Assembly; Unite Scottish EC
John McDonnell Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
Phil McGarry Chair People’s Assembly Scotland; RMT Political Officer
Mark McHugh Scottish Secretary Bakers and Allied Food Workers Union
Rab O’Donnell Secretary Hope not Hate West of Scotland
Chris Stephens MP (SNP) Glasgow SW

VENUE:
STUC Centre (above the Stand Comedy Club)
333 Woodlands Road
Glasgow
G3 6NG

PROGRAM:

10.45 Registration
11.00 Chair’s opening remarks
11.10 COLLECTIVE BARGAINING:
SHIFTING THE BALANCE OF POWER - UNITING NOT DIVIDING
John McDonnell
Joginder Bains
Tommy Campbell
Chris Stephens
12.30 Lunch
1 p.m. Discussion groups
a) TRADE UNIONS, THE PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY
AND COMMUNITY ORGANISING
Tam Kirby Phil McGarry.
b) CAMPAINING FOR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
Neil Findlay Tommy Campbell
c) UNITING AGAINST RACISM AND XENOPHOBIA
Joginder Bains Rab O’Donnell
2.30 UNITING AGAINST LOW WAGES,
CASUALISATION AND THE CUTS
Reports from discussion groups
Denise Christie
Jane Carolan
Neil Findlay
Mark McHugh