Monday, 10 December 2007

RESPECT builds Trade Union Support for the Anti-War Movement

A group of health workers from South Wales went as an official delegation to the recent International World against War conference hosted by the UK Stop the War Coalition which saw over 1,000 leading activists in the global anti-war movement descend on London to debate the way forward for the movement.

Blackwood RESPECT member and Shop steward Ian Thomas, who helped to organise the group, said,
“Our union branch unanimously backed this event. And by raising the Stop the War in the union, we’ve made the union more relevant.”

Nursing assistant Davide said,
“It’s important to get everyone together to hear different opinions and experiences”.

Selena, who is international officer for the Cardiff Unison union, agreed, “Last year we sent two delegates to this conference. This time there are five.”

Gareth, who had not been to a Stop the War event before, said,
“I’ve come to educate myself about the issues.”

RESPECT believes in building fighting trade unions capable of fighting the system on all fronts. We want to build a labour movement that not only fights for decent pay and conditions for all working people but also takes up political issues such as war, racism and islamophobia, the defence of asylum seekers and climate change to build a new society.

No comments: