Activists Say Build A New
OF two famous groups of Merseyside workers - the sacked Liverpool
dockers and the 47 surcharged Liverpool councillors from 1983-1987
have started to organise a campaign to build a new mass party of the
Roy Farrar, Liverpool
in Liverpool on 28 February, chaired by docker Jimmy Nolan and
attended by about 50 trade union and political activists heard Dave
Nellist, for the Socialist Party, explain why the Labour Party had
ceased to represent working people in "any way, shape, or
form" and had become "a party of the millionaires and not
statement of intent (see right) was accepted unanimously by all
present - from different political traditions and parties. '47'
councillor Paul Astbury and others said that these differences could
not be ignored; no one was expected to just abandon their programme
dockers and the '47' saw that they were founding a federal framework
for activists to campaign together but at the same time provide
regular, democratic debate on programme and principles. Another
meeting on 27 March will carry on the debate.
six years in power, New Labour has abandoned every vestige of
socialism. This meeting declares its intention to initiate a
campaign for the establishment of a genuine working class
party based on the following principles.
repeal of all anti-trades union laws.
privatised public utilities back into public ownership.
reversal of the privatisation policies in education and
for workers and nations in struggle internationally.
to fees for education at all levels.
establishment of a minimum wage based on European minimum
of £7.50/hour - young workers not excluded.
embrace the now moribund Clause 4, Part 4 of the
"Old" Labour Party.
involve all sections of society, regardless of age, race,
creed or gender.
aim to campaign in the trades unions and all working class
organisations, appealing especially to the youth and student
agree to continue the campaign by organising a series of
debates over the next year, beginning with a conference of
leading figures from the labour and trades union movement,
youth, student and community organisations.
from The Socialist 6 March 2004