This model motion is being put to trade union branches and local trades councils by members and supporters of Workers Power with the aim of bringing together the labour movement, socialist organisations and working class communities to build a mass social movement to defend jobs, pay and living standards. Let us know if you pass it through your branch.
We the undersigned trades unionists/branch believe that the time is ripe to launch an anti-inflation, anti-austerity movement in Britain.
The biggest drop in incomes for 200 years will see poverty deepen and many sink into desperation. The Tories will try to cut state spending and weaken the trade union movement.
It is in the interest of the organised section of the working class to use this lever to organise the rest of our class, to make sure we do not pay for the current crisis, as we did after the 2008 bank bailout.
The Tories, media, right-wing populist figures and the far right will try to blame a series of scapegoats like migrants and wage culture wars for the distress of many.
Organising workers, the retired, unemployed and the poor to fight for their immediate interests requires unity. This requires a militant defence of the rights of the oppressed—women, Black, Asian and minorities, LGBTQ+—and involving their movements, as well as resisting Tory attempts to prioritise “the economy” against environmental issues.
From support for strikes to organising protests against local and national cuts, budget days, new bills with new attacks, there is plenty of work to be done in building such a movement.
We need local organising meetings, broad and open, to set up local campaigns that bring together all wings of the movement, and are controlled by and accountable to the local activists and participants.
There have been several attempts to set up anti-austerity coalitions, from People’s Assembly to Enough is Enough, but none has succeeded in creating real fighting organisations in towns and cities across the country.
We call on People’s Assembly, Enough is Enough, the trades councils and any other organisation to build such a local, democratic movement and resolve to take steps in that direction, organising for an initial meeting to explore launching a local campaign.