Ahead of last Saturday's joint Trades Council and People's Charter conference, activist Kevin Donnelly sets out the case for using the Charter to engage workers, trade unionists and communities in the search for an alternative to the capitlaist crisis.

We are supposed to accept the capitalist crisis as inevitable and unavoidable - even our own fault. Fighting it will just make it worse, they say. But fight it we must, and will.
On Saturday 10 December an important meeting will be in Derby to help develop that fight.
The event has been called by the People's Charter with the support of RMT leader Bob Crow, the chairman of the trades union councils national body, the TUCJCC.
The plan is to firm up proposals for action in line with the advice of the TUC that trades councils should work closely with the People's Charter in developing a new stage of the fightback against the Con-Dem government attacks.
On the eve of the November 30 strike by three million public service workers, millionaire Chancellor George Osborne upgraded predictions of public-sector job losses to 750,000 - and an overall unemployment rate of 9 per cent.
Figures for unemployment have been regularly massaged down over the last few decades. As governments always deliberately underestimate growth in joblessness, we can expect the reality to be far worse than it says.
This doesn't take into account the number of workers forced into part-time working, short-term contracts and other forms of precarious employment. It is this kind of work that many of the 1.2 million jobless young people have to compete for.
There is no longer much talk of the private sector providing new jobs and quite a lot of talk of a double-dip recession.
The fact is that this crisis is as much one for manufacturing industry and the private sector as it is for services and the public sector.
It's not a "credit crunch," not a "downturn," not a "double dip." It's a full-blown, catastrophic capitalist financial and economic crisis.
Unemployment is as much part of capitalism as are political lies, bankers' bonuses and monopoly superprofits.
It serves the needs of the millionaire ruling class. And when the system is in crisis it reflects their general policy of war on workers.
The "reserve army" of labour is maintained by capitalism as a mechanism to reduce wages and to threaten organised workers.
They want to buy our ability to work at the lowest price and have us just "stand ready" for when we are needed. Profit is everything - workers' welfare means nothing.
That's how the system works. Unemployment is not a problem for the ruling class, it's a necessity.
And so we need to put forward a radical alternative - a policy for a people's Britain, not a bankers' Britain, as The People's Charter puts it. A policy to meet the needs of the millions, not the greed of the millionaires.
Of course, in building a movement for such an alternative - for jobs, skills, industry and services to meet the needs of the people - we know that the Con-Dem government and the class it serves will use everything, including the media, the law and their bosses' club, the European Union, to stop us.
An alternative economic strategy as proposed in the People's Charter, which was supported unanimously at TUC Congress, would mean a huge shift in wealth away from the 10 per cent who currently own 50 per cent of Britain's wealth - and that's not the name of their game.
In the end we'll have to fight for jobs and against unemployment for as long as this rotten system continues. How much longer will we put up with it?
We need a deep-rooted movement for real change, based firmly in the trade union movement and in local communities.
That's why I and many other trades council representatives will be in Derby tomorrow. Make sure your local trades union council and People's Charter group are represented.
It will provide a great next step in the fightback against the Con-Dem attacks and an opportunity to co-ordinate our work throughout Britain.