January 2014        

Building class-consciousness in 2014

The Trade Union Left Forum was set up in late 2011 by class-conscious and politically conscious trade unionists from both public-sector and private-sector unions. The aim of the TULF is to provide a space for left-wing trade unionists to freely discuss the position of the movement today and how to build the militant class-conscious union movement that is so clearly needed.
      Privatisation is a huge class issue today, as the policies of the “Troika” and our own ruling elite continue to hand over public wealth to private business as risk and debt are socialised and profits and wealth privatised. This is a political strategy for enriching the few at the direct expense of working people and for propping up ailing profits. It is not merely technical economic sense, as it is often presented: it is simply class robbery.
      The trade union movement needs to fight back and defend public wealth in material ways. We must defend An Bord Gáis, the ESB, bus routes, our health service, and various other pieces of public wealth, but also fight back at the ideological level and defend the right and benefit of public wealth and ownership.
      So far our movement has failed to do this or to implement the NIPSA resolution passed last year:
           Conference rejects the view that there are no alternatives to the sell-off and privatisation of public services and calls upon the Executive Council to oppose what is effectively a form of economic blackmail dressed up as initiatives to stimulate growth and employment. This destructive approach is unsustainable, as with further economic and financial crisis inevitable, what else will be sacrificed to appease the large corporations and financial institutions that brought the world economy to the brink of collapse?
      Conference condemns any attempt to use the financial and economic crisis as leverage to force the sell-off of public utilities, land and other publicly owned resources.
      The TULF published Privatisation: Robbing the People’s Wealth (available at www.tuleftforum.com) to illustrate the dangers of privatisation and the class forces behind it, identifying those who win and those who lose from it.
      To further this programme, the TULF is holding a meeting on Thursday 16 January at 6 p.m. in the TEEU Hall (6 Gardiner Row), Dublin, on the subject of “Union opposition to privatisation.” Speakers: Jimmy Nolan and Brendan Ogle. Further details will be communicated to all signed up to the TULF network; so if you haven’t already done so, make sure you do so now.
      Here’s to a class-conscious and militant 2014!

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