The TUC Women's Conference kicks off the union conference season and the agenda spells out sharp hostility to this corrupt coalition government writes  Anita Halpin CP trade union coordinator in the Morning Star.

In the punning words of one motion, the cuts are "Con-Dem'd."

The title of the first motion Women United Against The Cuts says it all.

Every day more and more women and men - whether in work or on the dole, whether school students or pensioners - are coming together united in opposition to public-sector cuts.

Women bear the brunt of the effects of such cuts and it's only right that the voice of working women sets the scene for the fightback.

All the arenas of struggle to defend public services and halt the regressive tide of welfare and benefit "reforms" feature on the agenda.

Primary targets such as pensions, education, health services and arts funding, as well as areas of collateral damage - child poverty and increasing violence against women.

The conference is also strong in its defence of hard-won women's rights against a government which shows scant regard for equal rights.

In a way the drastic cuts are being cynically used to hide the right-wing ideological mission to turn the clock back on women's liberation, so women once again "know their place" and, indeed, children "are seen and not heard."

The myth that that cuts are necessary and that 'we're all in it together' is fast losing credibility as banks and businesses announce increased profits and still hand out obscene bonuses and share option packages.

It's more than a myth, it's a downright lie - cuts are not necessary at all.

But as the slogan of the TUC national demonstration in London on Saturday March 26 says: "We are all together for public services," and the call is to join the march for the alternative - for jobs, for growth and for justice.

And there is another way that will boost public investment, sustain industry and create jobs.

The Communist Party proposes an alternative strategy, a left-wing programme, that would start by taxing the rich and big business.

For example, stopping tax dodgers stealing our money would add £70 billion every single year to the public purse, so a pro-working class government could afford to increase pensions, benefits and the national minimum wage significantly.

Such a government could put more money into the economy to increase demand and spending, meaning more workers are needed to meet that demand.

And when the economy is buoyant wages go up and tax revenue inreases.

It really is a win-win situation for working people and just one example of what a reflationary economic policy can achieve.

Do I stray from the women's conference agenda?

No, because only such an alternative economy can deliver the aspirations of the agenda for the long term.

We won't make this Con-Dem coalition change its economic policy, so it's got to go.

Any coalition government is a fragile beast and this one has two potential fault lines.

On the one hand, the Con-Dem's draconian cuts package is becoming more unpopular by the day, not least because it was never actually put to the electorate but was a product of post-election negotiations which, somewhat bizarrely, saw a policy emerge that was tougher than the original Tory version rather than, as might have been expected, a weaker compromise.

On the other hand the gap between the Lib Dems in Westminster and their supporters in the communities is widening as the cuts bite.

The is clearly shown in recent by-election results.

Only two weeks ago the Lib Dems came sixth in the Barnsley Central by-election, with their share of the vote down from 17.2 per cent to just 4.1 per cent and another lost deposit.

Most alarmingly in Barnsley both Ukip and the BNP beat the Lib Dems, reminding us sharply how the misery of a recession fans support for nationalist, racist and fascist ideologies.

The expectation is that some half a million people will flood London on March 26, but we need to be more ambitious and work to mobilise one million or more - not impossible given the growing public anger at the cuts in cities, towns and villages.

This demonstration is part of the movement for change - it is the beginning and the goal is the end of this government. Yes, it's going to be a long-haul, but what a prize.

Trade unionists will be central to this success.

Trades councils have a pivotal role in building community campaigning and industrial struggles in defence of jobs.

There is on-going action in transport, across the media, among post office workers, and BA are balloting yet again.

These workers are all part of the fightback and together they can make a difference.

A massive turnout on March 26 of trades unions and anti-cuts groups united behind the message that we are all in it together to fight the cuts will build confidence and solidarity.

But what next after the London demo?

In our communities the results of the local elections on Thursday May 5 will no doubt rattle the cages of many coalition MPs - both Lib-Dem and Tory.

And, if the lessons of poor election results are not learned, local and regional anti-cuts and anti-government protests will grow in size and number as more and more services fall casualty to the cuts.

Wages and jobs will be under growing threat as the recession continues to bite so the battle on the industrial front will sharpen.

On this front the Communist Party sees the next significant event as a one-day public sector general strike with solidarity action from other sectors.

Who knows, somewhere down the line we may even find ourselves sitting in our city, town and village squares rather than in conference halls.

Until such time, we want strong motions which are fully implemented and supported by the widest possible co-ordinated actions.