10 May 2013
The continuing battle against austerity shows there is a vital need for practical solidarity, co-ordinated action and the strengthening of our trade unions. We need to turn talk about a general strike into action.
●To add your/ your union branch’s
support for the conference, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry £4/ £2 unwaged. Book by phone: 07863 599 987 or 0191 253 5629. Or buy @ Peoples’ Bookshop Durham Centre Against Unemployment, 4 Cloth Market, Newcastle
Ronnie Draper Bakers’ Union General Secretary
Paul Holmes Unison National Executive
Jane Aitchison Unite the Resistance Joint National Secretary and PCS
Kevin McHugh PCS Vice President
Veronica Killen UCU National Executive
RMT North East Region speaker
Andy Smith Leading Unite rank and file electrician from the recent dispute that beat the BESNA pay attack
Main sessions will include an
opening plenary to kick start the day with platform speakers and a discussion around the Tories’ assault and how to fight it, and a final plenary after workshops to look at how we can get organised and turn words into action.
1. Organising in the Workplace:
building the unions
• Tyne and wear Metro Strikers
• Blacklisting campaign
• Activists from sparks’ dispute
• Fighting for Benefits Justice:
defending the welfare state
2. No Bedroom Tax Campaign
• National Pensioners’
• Sunderland Against the Cuts
• People’s Assembly
3. Don’t Let Them Divide Us
• Newcastle Against the EDL
• Migrant workers
• Palestine BDS campaign
• camapign stalls
Unite the Resistance is a network of trade unionists from many unions, to bring together those who want to discuss the way forward for fighting back against the austerity and cuts.
In 2011 and 2012, Unite the Resistance held national conferences of around 1,200 people at each.
The focus was to aim to build the widest possible support for the strikes.
We need our trade unions to lead the resistance to austerity.
We saw what our unions could do when 2.6 million workers struck together against the attack on public sector pensions.
We need to do that again. We want coordinated national action against the Tory onslaught of the cuts and austerity agenda.
We want to work with existing union leaderships wherever possible.
But we also see the need to develop links between rank and file activists within and across unions to strengthen our fight with the Con-Dem coalition and the employers.
We are seeking to work cooperatively with existing anti-cuts groups and national campaigns.
We are building a network of solidarity in every area so that every group of workers and campaigners knows they are not fighting alone.
Join with us today and sign up to the event on 1 June.
Together we can win.