Joint work between local trades union councils and the People's Charter in communities up and down Britain, supported by the TUC but planned and carried out locally, provides a powerful weapon. This work will be kicked off at a first planning meeting in Derby on December 10, with all trades councils being encouraged by the TUC to send representatives writes Bill Greenshields.

Following the November 30 massive expression of resistance, the plan is not to build another campaign group but a nationwide movement involving thousands of people - people who have never been involved in such action before - mobilising in their local communities and providing solid foundations for the fightback.
An eve-of-the-strike BBC poll showed strong support for the November 30 action - running at 80 per cent among 18 to 25-year-olds.
The Occupy movement has struck a chord in the minds of the young too, along with organisations like UK Uncut.
Anti-cuts committees have been established in towns and cities around the country, coming together through the Coalition of Resistance nationally.
The aim of the trades councils and People's Charter is to add further to this by developing the campaign beyond opposition to the Con-Dem attacks into a movement for "the alternative."
The People's Charter identifies and details that alternative. The December 10 meeting will discuss how to organise around it.
One of the main proposals will be to focus locally on escalating job loss and unemployment - and for the charter policies on the defence of industry, jobs and skills - as well as for jobs in the public sector.
The huge increase in unemployment, the increasing casualisation of work, the increase in super-exploitation, particularly young people and migrant workers - all this demands a strong response from trade unions and communities. And where it occurs it must be strongly supported by local people.
In Derby, for example, where the trades councils and People's Charter meeting is to be held, 50,000 local people signed a petition in three weeks against the loss of 1,400 jobs at the Bombardier rail engineering works, 10,000 marched through the town in a spirited rally and the trades council and a community support group operate in support of the Bombardier workers' unions, organising meetings, pickets and demonstrations on the issue.
There are many other examples of such activity in other areas.
If people in every town and city in Britain started fighting unemployment and job losses locally we would have all the makings of a national movement on unemployment - which as the recession deepens is becoming, once again, the main weapon used by the capitalist class against workers.
The People's Charter puts forward clear and practical policies on jobs and industry to:
Introduce legislation to prevent closures and mass redundancies in profitable industries
Legislate to compel the reinvestment of a percentage of profits in British industry
Limit export of investment capital to stop asset-stripping by transnational big business
Take back into public ownership essential industries - energy, water, telecommunications and post, rail and bus transport - to put them and their profits to work for the British people
Introduce government support for other industries
Target public and private investment to create new jobs - in particular in manufacturing, construction and green technology. Greater investment in renewable energy sources, ecological development and the recycling industries for domestic and industrial waste would lead to a million new green jobs
End job insecurity through casualised work and short-term contracts without agreed reasons
Reduce working hours - not pay - to create more jobs, and so more spending power, to stimulate the economy, increase tax revenue and reduce the number of people forced to live on benefit
Guarantee high-quality vocational training for young people to meet long-term employment needs, as part of a government-led job-creation scheme
Raise the minimum wage to two-thirds national median earnings and end the lower rate for young workers, increasing spending power and stimulating the economy.
Of course such policies are non-starters for a government of millionaires, for millionaires, by millionaires.
They would mean a fundamental shift of wealth and resources away from the 10 per cent of the population who currently own 80 per cent of the wealth - to be used for the common good.
But they are policies that will find huge support among ordinary people in our trade unions and our communities.
A movement built on such policies, with roots deep in those communities, would be unstoppable.
The People's Charter and trades council meeting will be on Saturday December 10, 1pm at The Waterfall, Railway Terrace, Derby, directly opposite the railway station. Make sure your trades council is represented. There are no limits on the number of representatives, though it would help the organisers to know numbers in advance. Contact Bill This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 07878 230-175 for more information.