After Jeremy Corbyn’s stunning victory…let’s take the fight to the Tories

30 September 2016

Let’s take the fight to the Tories


Jeremy Corbyn’s victory as Labour leader by over 100,000 votes is a massive boost to everyone who wants to see an alternative to the Tories.

It is a huge mandate for Labour to advance anti-austerity and anti-racist policies. Now that the leadership race is over it’s time to take the fight to the Tories. Sunday’s Peoples’ Assembly demonstration in Birmingham is an important start to that.

Unite the Resistance is hosting a public meeting at the end of the demonstration called “After Corbyn’s leadership victory…How can our unions take the fight to the Tories?”

Sunday 2 October 3-4.30pm (after the demonstration rally) Eagle & Tun Pub, 54 New Canal St, Birmingham B5 5RH

The venue is very near where the march ends. All welcome!

Facebook event here

Day of action for inclusive education this Saturday
It was great to see Corbyn use his victory speech to call for a day of action for inclusive education this Saturday 1 October. Joint campaigning by Labour, the education unions and parents could scupper May’s grammar school plans. You can find out about local campaigning here

Setback in fight to defend our NHS
The decision of the BMA leadership to call off planned strikes this autumn is a major setback in the struggle for our health service.

Hunt and the right wing press piled a huge amount of pressure on the BMA to stop the strikes on ‘safety’ grounds. But the Tories’ plans for the NHS will come at a far greater cost.

The BMA had done a brilliant job of explaining that the dispute against Hunt’s new contract is a fight for our National Health Service. A huge amount of public support had be won.

But the retreat by the BMA is also in the context of a failure by the wider trade union movement to offer the kind of solidarity needed to the junior doctors.

Union leaders like Mark Serwotka, Dave Ward and Matt Wrack did push for wider support – but it wasn’t taken up by the wider trade union movement.

The TUC should have called a national day of action to back the doctors, it could have galvanised the public support that was already there. The TUC could have helped to turn sympathy into solidarity.

Sadly, although Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and Diane Abbott publicly supported the dispute, the Labour Party did not at a time when it could have made a crucial difference.

RMT calls major escalation of strikes on Southern Trains: 11-13 and 18-20 October, 3-5 November, 22 & 23 November and 6-8 December
The RMT is continuing its fight with Govia Thameslink Railway and Southern Trains to “Keep the Guard on the Train”. Train guards are set to strike again in a series of 72 and 48 hour strikes – a serious escalation of the dispute. There will be picket lines at Victoria station and Brighton station from early, but 8-9am is a good time to get down there.

Southern’s appalling mismanagement of the train service has also seen large passenger protests at Brighton and Victoria stations. Following the revelation that Southern made £99 million profit, the Tories have handed over another £20 million of taxpayers money!

Jeremy Corbyn has rightly called for renationalisation of the service.

You can send messages of support to:

RMT to strike on Monday 3 October on Virgin East Coast
RMT says, “The on-going dispute initially came to a head as the company chose to ignore the agreed negotiating machinery and subjected staff to a barrage of direct propaganda justifying their attempts to bulldoze through a package of cash-led measure that would decimate jobs, working conditions and threaten the safety regime that currently ensures a guard on every train. Nearly 200 jobs across the franchise are threatened by the cuts. Those staff remaining will be expected to do cover the work of the deleted posts piling intolerable pressure on all sections of the workforce.”

Book now for Stand up to Racism conference, 8 October
Join Jeremy Corbyn at this major national conference bringing together speakers, organisations and activists from anti-racist campaigns across Europe. The conference will examine the current struggle against racism in Britain and beyond such as the fight against Islamophobia and antisemitism, defending civil liberties and migrants rights and building solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the US. Other speakers include: Diane Abbott MPKate Osamor MP, Journalist Owen JonesKevin Courtney NUT Acting General Secretary, Claude Moraes MEPMaurice Wren, Refugee Council Chief Exec,Colette Levy hidden child of Vichy France, Talha Almad Muslim Council of Britain, Mark Serwotka PCS Gen Sec, Sally Hunt UCU Gen Sec, Weyman Bennett and Sabby Dhalu Stand up to Racism on 8 October in London. 10.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 8th October, Friends Meeting House, Euston Rd, NW1 2BJ

Register here for the conference

Solidarity with the Ritzy cinema workers
Cinema workers at Brixton’s Ritzy cinema have been forced to strike again in their ongoing fight for a Living Wage. Last Saturday 24 September their solid strike shut the cinema down. Action is expected to spread to other Picturehouse cinemas.

Support the campaign by liking their Facebook page here

Unite the Resistance will publicise the next strikes once we have the dates.

National demonstration for Libraries, Galleries and Museums, Saturday 5 November

The demonstration is now backed nationally by Unison

See Barnet Unison’s website for more information

Organising to Win: 12 November Unite the Resistance conference

**Book online for the conference here**

On Saturday 12 NovemberUnite the Resistance is holding a national conference, which will bring together those who have been at the forefront of striking back, and organising in unorganised areas, as well as leading campaigners from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), housing campaigns, and with a particular theme around migrant workers organising and fighting back. There will be international speakers bringing experiences from the struggle.

As well as building networks of solidarity around the disputes taking place, it will also provide a space for union activists to discuss what the surge in the movement around Corbyn’s policies means for our unions, and how we can use this politicised movement to rebuild strong, fighting unions. So far speakers include Mark Serwotka PCS general secretary amongst others.

National demonstration for Education Saturday 19 November
The National Union of Students (NUS) and the University and College Union (UCU) have called a November national demonstration in central London. Set for Saturday 19 November, the demonstration – ‘United For Education’ – will represent a rallying call for free, accessible and quality further and higher education across the UK, and to demand an end to the marketisation of university and college education. Read on here


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