An open letter to Workers, Trade Unionists and Socialists from the Communist Part


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An open letter to Workers, Trade Unionists and Socialists from the Communist Part

  1. 1. ; ,,o Labour Party leaders on public spending cuts, public sector wages and ,i . pehsions and on welfare benefits... . These statements broadly confirm their support for the rationale and , approach of the Con-Dem government towards these issues.They highlight$ the need for collective thought and action by the labour movement in3* general - and by the trade unions in particular. , As a contribution to the broad, inclusive and intensive discussion that wer; i believe is needed on the left and in the labour movement, the CommunistB i Party has issued the statement below. !S et".te read and discuss it with friends, workmates, trade union colteague, .i L,.il and comrades.We urge you to raise these issues in your trade union and !. S organisations. - political atsl welcome any comments you would like to make to the . & tr i *orld,. Cormunist Party directly (please indicate whether you wish them to remain - I confidential). Our labour movement needs to face up to its responsibilities, in the : -, I " ll .. knowledge that millions of people took to its organisations for support and Et solidarity. lt is with this in mind that the Communist Party feels compelled to I ) ,1 raise these issue now, as a matter of urgency. $ Robert Griffiths CP General Secretary *. d :;$ : {Q €Lrt rw . ,rr. .kY.L. d* r&L. ad.-&,el^
  2. 2. z. , _ _ -_._ .*-.- _, Ooen Letter to the Labour Movement _,_. __ -.*_BritainsRoad toSocialism The Crisis of Political Representation in the lahour movement The Cornrnunist Party Party leadership to align services, jobs, wages and rejects the aualysis itself with this analysis pensions and so revive peddled by the banks, and these remedies is a economic growth hedge funds and Con- betrayal of the millions of highlights the extent to Dem government that workers and their families which the interests of theThe new edition of Britains past levels ofpublic who should be able to labour movement - whichRoad to Socialism, the expenditure were the look to Labour for are also those oftheCommunist Partys programme, main cause of the support and solidarity. In people of Britainadopted in July 20 I l; presents economic and financial particularo recent generally - go largelyand analysis of capitalism and crisis. statements b1 Ed unrepresented in theimperialism in its current form; We reject, too, the Miliband, Ed Balls and House of Commons. Notanswers the questions of how a remedy dictated by City Liam Byrne in support of surprisingly, therefore, inrevol utionary transformation deep cuts in public sector a period of rnass local of London financialmight be bought about in 2lst campaigning and big institutions and the EU wages and pensionCentury Britain; and what a national one-day strikes Commission and entitlements, and insocialist and communist society European Central Bank. welfare benefits, against against Con-Demin Britain might look like. notably that massive represent a shameful policies, the Labour public spending cuts and capitulation to the barrks, leadership has utterlyThe BRS was first published in a savage attack on the the Con-Dem regirne and failed so far to achieve a195 I after nearly six years ofdiscussion and debate across the wages and pensiorrs of the right-rving rnass clear and substantial lead public sector workers are media. in opinion polls.CP, labour movement and necessary irr order to The refusal of the The leaders of Labour-working class. Over its Ieditions it has sold more than a reduce the public sector Labour Party leadership affiliated trade unionsmillion copies in Britain and financial deficit. to fight for policies that must know that theirhelped to shape and develop the The policy of the Labour would defend public members need, instruggle of the working class formore than half a century. Otherprevious editions of the BRShave been published in I 952,1958, 1 968, 1977, 1989 and2000 as well as multiplesubstantially revised versions.
  3. 3. Ooen Letter to the Labour Movementaddition to the videst faced by the $-hole inside the party as well as the capitalist crisis, publicpossible mass movement, a movemellt, includiug those from outside. spending and investment,Labour Party that defends unions not affiliated to the * Affiliated trade uuiorrs public sector vages andtheir interests. stands up for Labour Party. should rneet to con.ene alr pensions, privatisationpublic services, opposes the The Labour Party uas all-Britain conference at and taxation.u,hole rotten set-up in forrnded hr the trade urtiort t he earliesl opport rrnil1 tocorrupt, big business, rip-off rno.ement. It still receives discuss the current crisis * The TUC should resumeBritain - and renounces a the support of or-er olle-third of political represerrl aliorr its historic responsibilityBritish foreign policy that of volers. Brrt this support is for uorkers and their and convene a specialrnires us in aggressive uar, not guaranteed. is families. conference of all labourthe mass slaughter of increasingly volatile and rnovernerrl. organsatiorrs tocivilians" internatiorral could quickll- disintegrate if We belier-e these actions are discuss the politicalkidnapping artd torture and the partys right-rriug course the rnost realistic and represerrtation of thea new generation ofnuclear is rnaintained. The trade effective uar. of errsuring labour rnovement il the{.eapons. union movement. and its that the ilterests of uorking House of Cornrnolls. This, in turn, raises the members locallr. have a people are represerrted irr theneed for the affiliated unions dutl to interrene to reclaim Vestrninster parliament. Lr the face ofthe currentto campaign in a more the partl- as political Should the Labour Party rrrling class offelrsir e againstdetermined. planned and representati-es of the contilue orr a right-ting the rvorkirrg class and thecoordinated lvay to change interests of rrorking people. course. its future uill be at mass of people generally, thethe policies and if necessary t Affiliated uniorrs should risk aud the trade uuion Iabour movernent needs tothe composition of the respond inruediatelv to mo.ernent nill have a dutl del,elop the maximurnLabour Party leadership. demand-. frorn their to re-establish a rnass partl- clarity and unity. For its lahourThe duty of the afliliated mernbers arrd cease paying of capahle of rtirrrrilrg part, the Cornrnunist Partyunions to fight for financial doratiors to the electious. forrniug a v-ill continue to develop itsprogressive" left and socialist Labour Partv centrally governmerlt aud enacting Marxist analysis, project anvalues il the Labour Party until its leaders and ]IPs policies in the interests of the alterrrative economic andcould not be clearer. oppose real cut-q in public people not the bankers. political strategy for the Al the sanre tirne. lhis is an sector wages and express u.orking class and its alliesirnportaut part of an everr solidarity uith rvorkers * Affiliatecl unions should and strerrgtlrerr rrorr-seclariarrbigger question: hou, can the fighting to deferd their also consider demauding left unity.labour rnor-ement best pensions, that a special ernergencv The Cornrnunist Partyensure that its collect.ive * Affiliation fees should be conference of the Lahour therefore uelcomes theviews and interests are rnaintained in order to Part-1 be held to consider decision of readers andrepresented in the step up the challelge to a furrdamental chauge of supporters of the MorningWestminster parliarnent? the Labour leaderships econornic and financial Slar to call al all-Britairr This challenge must be currellt policies fronr policy on confereuce on March 31 (at the Bishopsgate hrstitute. central London) to discuss the ways il u.hich mass. popular resistance can be built to the Con-Dem golerllmerrl arrd ils policies. This will provide a major opportunity for a uide range of left, labour rnovernent and progressive forces to consider the kind of initiatives and policies that rnight be necessary. Pointing a rvay forr-ard in the immediate battles should help create rnore far ourable corrdilions in u.hich to resolve the labour movements crisis of political represerrtation.
  4. 4. Ooen Letter to the Lobour Movement*lx*,mn"g":Jl3 Readers & Supportersgroups.For a Peoples Britain not a Bankers BritainSat. 31"t March 10.30 am to 4.45 pmWHAT lS tT? A maior conlerence to bring together a broad range ol local,regional and national labour movomenl ard anti-culs bodies and activists.$1,7, Wxenef Bl.hopsgate lnstftute, 2!10 Bishopsgate, London,LS oclw"ct,4aH - ,n tlp anct nt ctty ol tondu, Ma*et. s wolk|.r1.:.,4 EC2M o lil,Etpoot St scauon and Spltalftclds ftw mlnutHOWTOREGISTER? Contac{: