Tuesday 30 November 2010

A people’s convention to build resistance to cuts and austerity

Saturday 12 February 2011
10.30am – 5pm

@ Friends Meeting House,
Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ


This Con-Dem coalition aims to roll back the welfare state, slash our living standards, attack our pensions and to drive up unemployment. We need to respond with protests, direct action and strikes.

At the People’s Convention on Saturday 12 February we want to discuss how we can do just that. We also want to examine alternatives to austerity – where the rich and the corporations pay for a crisis they caused.

Register for the People’s Convention here

Download the timetable for the People’s Convention here

>> Download a leaflet here

>> Model Motion here

>> Sign-up sheet for use on stalls here

Speakers include:

Eyewitness from the Egyptian revolution

Diane Abbot MP

Tony Kearns CWU senior deputy General Secretary

Jane Loftus CWU President

Alan Whittaker, president of UCU

Pete Murray, president of NUJ

Jimmy Kelly, Head of UNITE in Ireland

Steve Hart, London and South East regional secretary of Unite

Zita Holbourne, Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC)

Jeremy Corbyn MP

Katy Clark MP

John McDonnell MP

Barbara Pettine of FIOM (Italian metal Workers Federation)

Captain SKA, producer of the hugely popular ‘Liar Liar‘ YouTube hit

Alan Gibbons, children’s author and organiser of the ‘campaign for the book’

Barnaby Raine, School student activist

Lee Jasper, Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC)

Mark Bergfeld from the Education Activists Network

Jody McIntyre, the student who was hauled from his wheelchair by the police during the student demo in December

Darren Johnson, Green Party London Assembly Member

Liz Carr, Disabled activist & comedian

Michael Chessum, National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts

Kat Craig, vice chair Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers

Workshops include:

* Organising claimants against benefit cuts

* Disabled people – at the forefront of resistance Sponsored by Disabled People Against the Cuts

* Students – at the forefront of struggle Sponsored by National Campaign Against Cuts & Fees and Education Activists Network

* How trades councils can build resistance

* Organising a local anti-cuts campaign

* The battle against privatisation Sponsored by Keep Our NHS Public and the CWU

* Justice for All: Save Legal Aid sponsored by Unite the Union & the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers

* Housing Emergency Sponsored by Defend Council Housing

* Mobilising against the racism of cuts Sponsored by BARAC – Black Activists Rising Against Cuts

* Can the unions stop the ConDems?

* One million climate jobs now

* Organising migrant and precarious workers

* Alternatives to Austerity

* Organising Direct Action

* Debate – How can councillors resist the cuts? Councillors Michael Lavalette (independent socialist, Preston), Charlynne Pullen (Labour, Islington), Dave Nellist (Socialist Party, Coventry), Barry Buitekant, (Labour, Hackney)

*  Screening of ‘Blacklisted’ and workshop hosted by the Blacklist Support Group

After the People’s Convention

Love Music Hate Racism presents

A night of eclectic tunes with an anti-racist message
Come down and support the cause!
Bar open from 5pm – 1am
DJs from 7pm – 12am
Entry: £4 suggested donation

Join together to build resistance

The spirit of French & Greek style resistance has now arrived here.

Many commentators are making direct comparisons with student and worker militancy of 1968.

There is a real possibility of co-ordinated strikes in the New Year to defend pensions and the TUC has called a mass protest on 26 March.

As the movement develops their is a growing call for unity.

At present there are a series of national and local anti cuts initiatives.

It’s crazy to think that any one group can simply declare itself ‘the’ body everyone should get behind.

All of us are doing important work. But together, linked to the power of the trade union movement, we would be so much more effective.

The Right to Work Campaign recently released an open letter calling for the anti cuts movement to come together.

As a concrete step towards that unity the Right to Work Campaign has proposed to open up its national conference on 12 February to other national anti cuts organisations, local groups and trade unions.

The 12 February national conference would be organised by a  committee comprising national anti-cuts organisations, local groups and trade unions as part of mobilising for the TUC demonstration, the week of action being proposed by the Coalition of resistance from 14 February and in support of the student protests over tuition fees and the abolition of EMA.

We are inviting all national and local anti cuts campaigns and trade unions to jointly organise and run the event.

There are series of key dates in the New Year, most importantly the national TUC demonstration on 26 March.

We need to come together and make sure that every part of our movement bends it’s back to make that day the biggest mobilisation of workers ever.

Opposition to the Tories attacks comes from many quarters. We need to unite that opposition in order to win.

If you or your organisation would like to be involved in organising the 12 February conference please email 12febconference@gmail.com.

John McDonnell MP

Paul Brandon, Chair, Right to Work Campaign

Pete Firmin, Joint Secretary, Labour Representation Committee

Tony Kearns, Senior Deputy General Secretary, Communication Workers Union (personal capacity)

Chris Bambery, Secretary, Right to Work Campaign

Andrew Fisher, Joint Secretary, Labour Representation Committee

Pete Murray, President, National Union of Journalists

Jane Loftus, Vice President, Communication Workers Union (personal capacity)



  1. Huw Pudner said:

    Looking forward to this timely conference!

    17 December 2010 at 10:28am
  2. Lambeth Right to Work said:

    How soon until we see an emerging timetable of workshops. We are currently dicussing how we build around Housing Emergency. Specifically practical proposals for how we try and organise around the housing benefit cut.

    Suggestions to lambethagainstcuts@gmail.com

    4 January 2011 at 6:24pm
  3. Joe Carolan said:

    Solidarity and best wishes in the fightback against Austerity,
    from your comrades in Unite Union, New Zealand.

    5 January 2011 at 1:02am
  4. Steve Kelly said:

    Why is everything London centric? I cant get there.

    11 January 2011 at 2:12pm
  5. DaveW.Mac said:

    I Have a song just out on http://www.reverbnation.com/davewmac about this very subject called “we’re all in this together” Please have a listen. You may even like to use it as your campaign song.
    All the best, Dave

    12 January 2011 at 12:46am
  6. Jack said:

    I think the next step has to think about not just actions but persuading ordinary people that what they’ve been told about the need for the cuts are lies.

    Sites like false economy and aboutlordbrowne.com are important, but how can we get the message to people who won’t go looking for information?

    13 January 2011 at 6:41pm
  7. Luke said:

    sorry but just to check
    this is a free event??
    in solidarity :)

    13 January 2011 at 10:28pm
  8. Pete said:

    Hi Luke
    It is £5 waged and £2 unwaged. Sadly venues are expensive to hire.

    14 January 2011 at 9:19am
  9. People’s Convention to build resistance to cuts and austerity 12th Feb | Brent Trades Union Council said:

    [...] can be found on the Right to Work website here Filed under Union related [...]

    18 January 2011 at 4:12pm
  10. People’s Convention: 12th Feb A people’s convention to build resistance to cuts and austerity « DPAC said:

    [...] members – Please remember to register yourselves (at the R2W website)  and to let us know if you have access requirements. It is imperative that you give us advance [...]

    19 January 2011 at 3:37pm
  11. Key dates coming up… | North Devon Anti-Cuts Alliance said:

    [...] Saturday 12th February – London – Right to Work conference.  Anti-cuts conference in London, see http://righttowork.org.uk/2010/11/peoples-convention/ [...]

    21 January 2011 at 8:31pm
  12. New workshops and speakers announced for the People’s Convention | Lewisham Right to Work said:

    [...] The People’s Convention on Saturday 12th February is growing. Hundreds of people are registered already. To register click here [...]

    23 January 2011 at 5:11pm
  13. Make March 26th a massive show of strength | CoR newsletter 25 January | Coalition of Resistance Against Cuts & Privatisation said:

    [...] Saturday 12th February Right to Work People’s Conference [...]

    25 January 2011 at 9:10pm
  14. Week of Resistance | 12th February – 19th February | Coalition of Resistance Against Cuts & Privatisation said:

    [...] Saturday 12th February Right to Work People’s Conference [...]

    26 January 2011 at 2:03pm
  15. Updates: on People’s Convention 12th Feb and TUC march and rally 26th March « DPAC said:

    [...] comedian and activist Liz Carr will be speaking at the People’s Convention on February [...]

    29 January 2011 at 2:58pm
  16. Register now for the People’s Convention against Cuts and Austerity. | Lewisham Right to Work said:

    [...] £5 waged and £2 unwaged. 10.30 – 5pm. We will have a speaker from the Egyptian Revolution so don’t delay and book here. [...]

    30 January 2011 at 7:58pm
  17. madpridemark said:

    Yeah – And a Workshop organizing Claimants Against the Attacks on Benefits. Cameron and ministers take a 5% cut. Disabled People and Mental Health system survivors take a 66% cut! How fair is that?

    31 January 2011 at 6:50pm
  18. ACTION : People’s Convention 12th Feb, London » DPAC said:

    [...] 222010 The venue is Friends Meeting house near Euston Station. You need to book tickets from http://www.righttowork.org.uk £2 unwaged £5 waged to cover the costs of putting on the conference. We need your help to provide [...]

    1 February 2011 at 7:52pm
  19. MARY KELLY said:

    I understand peoples want to work, but why blame the current government? They are trying to build a better future for us as a country. Do you want us to go the way of Iceland, Greece and Ireland. If we continued the way we were going we would have ended up going broke as a nation because we couldn’t make the repayments we needed to make. We would end up like America in the 1920′s. Labour are trying to get the government to rethink it’s position. TOTALLY WRONG. Spending money we have had to borrow would end up with this country ending up like the others TOTALLY BROKE. I don’t know how many of you are religious and know the story of Joseph in the bible. 7 years of plenty then 7 years of famine. We are having that famine right now. What happens after a famine things get better. Give this government their 5 ye3ars and if things are not better them you can kick them out. I guarentee that in 5 years time the situation we are in now will be like a bad dream.

    6 February 2011 at 7:13pm
  20. Climate Alliance working group meeting « Climate Alliance said:

    [...] One million climate jobs now workshop at People’s Convention against cuts and austerity – 12th February.Speakers Chris Baugh (assistant general secretary, PCS union) and Jonathan Neale (Editor, one million climate jobs now report). This workshop is part of the People’s convention against cuts in Friends Meeting House (opposite Euston station) on Saturday 12th February- for more information see http://righttowork.org.uk/2010/11/peoples-convention/ [...]

    8 February 2011 at 11:21am
  21. Steve R said:

    but “going broke as a nation” because of local authority spending – even tho certainly Birmingham: mine and the largest, does give a huge amount to “consultants” and has to pay the private sector loads more than “in-house” would cost….. even tho the private sector pay the worst wages and provide a worse service

    8 February 2011 at 12:43pm
  22. Steve R said:

    no, i said that we are not “going broke as a nation” because of…..

    8 February 2011 at 12:44pm
  23. GW said:

    Hi, will you be publishing a timetable beforehand? Not sure I can make the whole day! Thanks

    9 February 2011 at 10:46am
  24. ACTION : People’s Convention 12th Feb, London » DPAC said:

    [...] comedian and activist Liz Carr will be speaking at the People’s Convention on February [...]

    9 February 2011 at 12:10pm
  25. Saturday: 12th Feb Friends Meeting House London « DPAC said:

    [...] are very happy that Disabled comedian and activist Liz Carr will be speaking at the People’s Convention on Saturday February 12th at the Friend’s Meeting House opposite Euston Station in [...]

    9 February 2011 at 2:55pm
  26. Some more events… « Bournemouth & Poole Anti-Cuts Coalition said:

    [...] Road, London NW1 2BJ. It has plenty of speakers and workshops so sounds like a good day. Click here for more [...]

    9 February 2011 at 5:43pm
  27. Karl Thomas said:

    Hoping this will be an interesting and inspiring event.Looking forward to the councillors debate about resisting the cuts.
    Solidarity Forever!

    9 February 2011 at 9:39pm
  28. Swansea Tim said:

    Hearing a speaker from Egypt will be fantastic. And hearing how others in the UK are fighting the cuts. Huw from Neath – I’ll see you there.

    10 February 2011 at 2:43pm
  29. Update for Saturday People’s Convention: Workshop and access details « DPAC said:

    [...] Please remember to register yourself at the RtW website! [...]

    10 February 2011 at 8:38pm
  30. shirley frost said:

    Give some credit and recognition as well to the existence and purpose of the Coalition of Resistance sponsored by Tony Benn which set up as an umbrella/co-ordinating group last year to promote and support anti cuts work which it is doing. I believe RTW has negotiated a working protocol with them there which is not ‘crazy’ as you suggest – a strange word to use in the current situation. This is not a competition and no one has a monoply on the truth. We are all learning how to help each other.

    11 February 2011 at 9:11am
  31. Dave said:

    I have looked all over the website and flyer but can’t find a start time?

    11 February 2011 at 11:07am
  32. Pete said:

    Apologies, registration opens at 9.30am and the convention starts at 10.30am.

    It is on the back of the leaflet, but I will highlight it on the site now.

    11 February 2011 at 12:19pm

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