Communists from England, Scotland and Wales met in the Bishopsgate Institute, London to discuss the escalating economic crisis and analyse what must be done to organize resistance amongst workers and trade unions.

Capitalism “will fight to hold on to its economic and political power and seek to make workers pay the price” said Carolyn Jones, Director of the Institute of Employment Rights in an opening session on ‘Which way after the TUC?’.  November 30 will be the biggest action since 1926 and the ballots being held by unions are the biggest ever referendum on capitalism.

Unions were now talking civil disobedience and breaking bad laws and were intent on mobilizing members to resist. “The carry through” she said, “was evident in a commitment to ballot members for action on 30 November.” This move had TUC support. So there was to be campaigning in every corner of Britain and in workplaces. “But resistance had to be beyond the issue of pensions and the TUC recognized there must also be a struggle for an alternative economic strategy. This put the issue of pensions into context.”

At the TUC “organized workers found their voice and must not now lose their nerve”. The biggest problems which face us include: the anti union laws – still with us through Thatcher and New Labour and there is also Vince Cable’s threat laid down in his speech, to the recent GMB conference.

Where these laws apply workers will use other means such as the current effective struggle of the electricians who are using guerilla action against employers who are seeking to undermine a national agreement. The media are gearing up with a diet of lies around trade union action, which we must anticipate and work in workplaces and amongst the unemployed to win the argument for class unity.

There is a sense of movement she said which leads from 26 March through 30 June and now looking to 30 November. The organized workers hate this government but the role of communists is to go beyond anger to support resistance and organizing forces to seek out alternatives to capitalism.