Hi everyone – there is a Momentum Steering Committee coming up (date tbc) and I am going to put these two proposals to it. Obviously there is a lot to discuss about how Momentum as an organisation moves forward next year, but I hope we’ll have time to discuss and agree actions on these two significant issues which I believe will command broad support among our members.
I will also be trying to make sure the actions around supporting the Picture dispute we agreed in October have been carried out (see here).
Please raise these issues in your group. And feel free to get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Support the strikes!
We note the strikes developing in a number of industries: rail workers in various companies, Post Office workers, British Airways cabin crew, Argos logistics workers, Picturehouse cinema workers, Tangerine confectionary workers, in addition to recent organising by non-traditional unions among cleaners, Deliveroo workers, etc…
We support these disputes. An important part of our purpose as a socialist organisation is to support and encourage workers’ struggles. Struggle, including strikes, is crucial for workers to defend themselves and win better rights. It is essential to building a labour movement and Labour Party with a real base and legitimacy in workplaces and working-class communities.
We agree to
1. Urgently launch an online solidarity campaign around the slogan #supportthestrikes, providing ideas on what Momentum groups can do to build solidarity.
2. Publicly call on Labour to declare solidarity and mobilise in support of these struggles, linking them to policies such as union rights and public ownership.
3. Organise and publicise official Steering Committee visits (also inviting National Committee members) to as many picket lines as possible, starting with the London Picturehouse workers.
4. Publish this resolution.
We welcome the outpouring of solidarity with the people of Aleppo by Momentum members and supporters, and condemn the Syrian government/Russian assault on the city.
We condemn all those violating human rights in Syria (and everywhere) – above all the Assad Regime and its Russian, Iranian and other backers, who have killed huge numbers of people in this conflict. We express our solidarity with those struggling for human rights and democracy in Syria.
We will make a public statement based on this resolution, advocating strong Labour Party and labour movement opposition to the Assad/Russian war; support for Syrian human rights activists, democrats and leftists; and a welcome for Syrian refugees in Britain.