Conference agenda out now: full listing of speakers and workshops

10 November 2012

Hundreds of trade unionists and campaigners will hear from a brilliant range of speakers and take part in debates and workshops on fighting austerity and injustice at the Unite the Resistance conference on 17 November – and the full agenda is out now.

>> Download full agenda here

The national conference will take place just days after millions of workers across Europe are set to take part in a general strike.

It will to bring together trade unionists, students, anti-cuts and community campaigners to debate how we build an effective fight backagainst austerity, inequality and injustice.

We hope the conference will provide a forum to learn from resistance here and internationally, to debate the way forward and to help build a network of activists in every union, community, workplace and college that can organise together and build solidarity in the struggles ahead.


Opening plenary: The Tories and the neoliberal assault
With PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka, South African striking miner Tumi Moloi, NUT deputy general secretary Kevin Courtney (pictured), Sheila Coleman from the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, FBU general secretary Matt Wrack, Unite NEC member Gill George and Owen Jones author of Chavs.

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Activists from Egypt, Spain and Greece will also speak at the conference, bringing news from the international struggle against austerity.

Speakers at conference workshops will include Michael Mansfield QC, who has represented people fighting back against injustice from miners fitted up by police at Orgreave to the Hillsborough families.

He will discuss ‘Solidarity, protest and the law’, with Carol Duggan, aunt of Mark Duggan who was killed by police in Tottenham, anti-blacklisting campaigner Dave Smith and Alfie Meadows, the victimised student currently on trial after taking part in the student protests against fees.

Other worksops include ‘Building a strategy to defend the NHS’ with Wendy Savage of Keep Our NHS Public, Ray Gill of Save Our Hospitals Ealing, Unison NEC member Karen Reissmann (peaking in a personal capacity) and other health workers and campaigners organising against attacks on pay, closures and cuts.

Speakers on ‘Our vision for education’ include Katie O’Neil who was involved in the successful Chicago teachers’ strike in the US, John Holmwood from the Campaign for the Public University, Prof Steven Ball of the Institute of Education and NUS NEC member Jamie Woodcock.

A workshop on ‘Benefits, scapegoating and organising’ will hear from Merry Cross (Disabled People Against Cuts), BFAWU Ronnie Draper BFAWU general secretary, NUS NEC member (further education) Jamil Keating and Mark Dunk from Right to Work

There will also be a workshop on ‘Fighting for equality as part of the fight against austerity’, with Zita Holbourne PCS NEC and BARAC, Unite NEC member Sara Bennett and Ronan McNeren of Queer Resistance and Occupy.


  1. Peter Garbutt said:

    I’m very disappointed there is no Green Party input into this. Is that because you forgot to ask, or did we turn you down?
    It’s impossible to unite the resistance when the resistance is resistant to being united. Which is a shame.

    13 November 2012 at 4:52pm
  2. Lois Hubbard said:

    Lots of representation from Unions and people IN work, but if weshould also discuss all the JOBs which should be done, Hi Environment activists!

    14 November 2012 at 10:10am

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