Britain needs a strategy to defend and rebuild manufacturing, infrastructure and services and provide quality jobs. Some of the most powerful sections of the British capitalist class have no interest in pursuing such a strategy. What can those who survive through work do about this situation?

The points below first appeared in the CP election manifesto. They were a really robust answer to those who place their operations in the City of London and their huge overseas investments before the needs of the people of Britain. 

What is required to break the cycle where capitalism controls and trashes so many lives. Can we break with the system that frustrates our skill and endeavour, wastes resources and ties our fortune to the narrow pursuit of ever greater fixes of profit?

So many have asked what their trade unions are for. There has been the sterile debate of 'services' versus 'organising' unions as if any could survive without the other. What is really needed - contends the CP - is for trade unionists to use the power of their wrokplace organisations to mount a challenge to the rule of capitalism.

The list below was drawn up through discussion throughout the CP with many activists taking part. It is not the be all and end all of the issue but does include many pointers that are realisable. And they provide our union movement with the kind of sense of purpose that has grown all too stale.

The following policies put the working class and peoples of Britain first, and would enable the development of a modern, diverse and productive domestic economy:

* Outlaw mass redundancies in profitable companies

* Take a public shareholding in return for subsidies to failing private companies, including full public ownership of strategically important ones such as Redcar steelworks

* Restrict the export of jobs to super-exploited labour markets abroad by enforcing international labour standards and penalising imports

* Support strategic industries and enterprises including by import tariffs and quotas where necessary

* Take the privatised utilities, telecoms and public transport back into public ownership to ensure that their pricing and investment policies are planned to meet the needs of users, workers, the economy and the environment – not those of big corporate shareholders

* Expand mutually beneficial trade relations with the People’s Republic of China and other developing and less developed countries

* Use public ownership to invest in renewable energy resources such as tidal, solar and offshore wind power, and to revive the deep-mined coal industry utilising clean coal technology with carbon capture and storage. ,

* Compel large and profitable companies to reinvest in British industry and take steps towards a 35-hour week with no loss of pay

* Give the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly the necessary legislative and financial powers to ensure that balanced economic development takes place to meet the needs of their respective peoples. ,

* Introduce public sector procurement policies to protect and extend skilled employment, including in research and development, and the productive capacity necessary for a diverse industrial economy

* Take the major arms manufacturers into public ownership and shift production, research and development to socially useful products

* Take the banking, insurance and mortgage monopolies fully into democratic public ownership and direct their operations towards investment in productive industry, small and co-operative enterprises and first-time home ownership. ,

* Restore government control of the Bank of England and use it to maintain low interest rates

* Stop City speculation in commodities and derivatives, hostile takeovers, asset-stripping and pension fund theft. ,

* Control and tax movements of capital, especially capital for speculative purposes, through national as well as international action

* Take decisive action against tax avoidance and evasion by monopolies and the super-rich, including the closure of all tax havens under British jurisdiction. ,

* Compel employers to help fund high-quality vocational training for young people and the long-term unemployed.