Saturday 12 February 2011
10.30am – 5pm
@ Friends Meeting House,
Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. REGISTRATION OPENS AT 9.30AM
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.
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
* 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)