Which way forward for the trade unions?

Date: Saturday 24th October
Time: 13:30 - 15:15
Speaker: John McInally

The coronavirus crisis has accelerated class consciousness. Workers are getting organised to resist the tsunami of job cuts and austerity that is coming. Already, tens of thousands have joined both the NEU teachers’ union and Unison, Britain’s largest public sector union. 

This has huge implications for the class struggle in the period ahead. We can expect a wave of industrial militancy. Workers will increasingly be forced into action to defend pay, jobs, and conditions. Council workers in Tower Hamlets and culture sector workers at the Tate and Southbank have shown the way forward with long-running strikes.

At the same time, key unions such as Unison, Unite, and the GMB are all set to see a change of leadership in the coming year. This could have a profound impact on the entire labour movement.

For example, Unison is in the process of electing a new general secretary. Socialist candidate Paul Holmes has the very real prospect of winning. If he does, it will transform industrial relations in Britain.

In this session, John McInally – former vice president of the PCS civil servants’ union and veteran trade union activist – will discuss how, in these conditions, we can build a revolutionary trade union movement.

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Recommended reading: Leon Trotsky – Trade unions in the epoch of imperialist decay

Recommended video: For a socialist Labour government! (Revolution Festival 2019 opening rally, featuring Paul Holmes)