23 July 2014
Unite the Resistance “Organising to Win” conference, Saturday 15 November
Bloomsbury Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8EP
Hundreds of thousands of health workers struck on Monday 13 October for fair pay. Two days later civil service workers walked out.
These strikes sum up what austerity is all about.
While the Tories talk of recovery workers are still paying the price for the economic crisis – with low pay, a squeeze on living standards and a relentless attack on services.
But while the strikes and the TUC and STUC protests are impressive shows of our strength, the October week of action on pay would have been far stronger if local government unions had struck too.
We were also hobbled by anti-union laws which the employers used to stop UCU members striking.
With health unions talking about further strikes in November we will soon have another chance to organise united action against the Tories.
That unity is even more important as Ukip and the Tories try harder to divide us.
The Unite the Resistance conference aims to bring together those who want to
see unity against austerity, to support local strikes, and to oppose all scapegoating and attempts to divide our side.
Opening plenary: Strategies to win: How do we beat the austerity agenda?
Matt Wrack, general secretary FBU
Billy Hayes, general secretary CWU
Jorel Ware, US McDonald’s worker
Helen Davies, Unison NEC (pc)
Adam Lambert, Unite convenor, St Mungo’s Broadway dispute
Mags Dalton, Care UK strike
Lee Jasper, BARAC
Anne Lemon, NUT NEC
Sean Vernell, joint secretary Unite the Resistance
Chair, Mandy Brown Lambeth College UCU
Workshop: The fight against zero hours contracts and organising the unorganised
Hosted by BFAWU
Ian Hodson, President BFAWU
Christina Paine, London Metropolitain University UCU
Bryan Kennedy, sacked One Housing Group Unite convenor
Flavia Cabral, US McDonald’s worker
Chair Nik Hughes, Hovis Wigan
Workshop: After the health strikes, where next for the fight to save the NHS?
Hosted by Bristol Unite Health branch
Roger Hutt, Doncaster Unison Care UK strikers
Karen Howell, SupportStaffordHospital campaign
Amr El-Shora, Egyptian Medical Association
Janet Maiden, Unison Health Service Executive (pc)
Frank Wood, Unite KingsCollege Hosiptal/ Unite NEC
Chair, Unite Bristol Health branch delegate
Workshop: Migrant workers: Part of the union, part of the solution
Hosted by BARAC
Barbara Pokryszka, Unite, hotel worker organiser
Alex Ajufo, RMT rep from ISS East Coast Mainline strike
Clara Osagiede, RMT London Underground cleaners’ rep
Lukasz Bemka, BFAWU NEC (polska-uk.com)
Sandy Nicoll, Branch secretary SOAS Unison (personal capacity)
Chair, Lee Jasper, Black Activist Rising Against Cuts/ Movement Against Xenophobia
Workshop: Benefit justice: Stop the Tories war on the poor
Hosted by DPAC and Benefit Justice Campaign
Focus E15 speaker
Robert Punton, Disabled People Against the Cuts
Tanya Murat, Southwark Benefit Justice Campaign
Dave Semple, PCS DWP Group Eecutive
Danielle Molinera, New Era 4 All
Workshop: Local government: Where next on NJC pay? How do we build a fighting union?
George Binette, Branch secretary, Camden Unison (personal capacity)
Claire Lyall, Vice Convenor of Glasgow Social Work Shop Stewards Committee, recently reinstated following unfair sacking (personal capacity)
Chair, Paul Holmes, Kirklees Unison branch secretary (personal capacity)
Closing plenary: This is what we want: demands for the election campaign and the next government
John McDonnell MP
Paula Peters DPAC
Mark Rowe, Merseyside FBU Brigade Secretary
Peter Pinkney, RMT President
Karen Reissmann, Unison NEC (pc)
Ian Lawrence NAPO
Ian Hodson, BFAWU president
Jane Aitchison, joint secretary Unite the Resistance
Chair, Lesley McGorrigan, UCU NEC