AWL conference 2012

Report of Workers' Liberty conference 2012

Published on: Mon, 05/11/2012 - 10:27

Members and friends of the Alliance for Workers' Liberty met in London on the weekend of 27-28 October for our annual conference.

Some Workers' Liberty conferences see big controversy around a particular debate or debates (when I first met the AWL it was debating the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland; more recently there was an argument about raising the slogan “troops out now” for Iraq). This conference wasn't like that. There were no big disagreements about policy, with most discussion focused on assessing our work over the last year and planning for the next.

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Getting ready for upheavals

Published on: Wed, 17/10/2012 - 08:46

The Alliance for Workers’ Liberty meets for our annual conference on 27-28 October, to map out our broad lines of policy for the coming year and to elect a new national committee.

In order to get informed decision-making, this conference is prepared for with discussion bulletins and regional pre-conference meetings. Last-minute extra discussions have also been set up — an evening meeting in London on 24 October, an e-meeting, by webchat, on 21 October.

The overall perspectives document which the outgoing committee will put to conference highlights two levels of the political situation.

On one

AWL debates perspectives for the next year

Published on: Wed, 03/10/2012 - 12:31

The Alliance for Workers' Liberty gathers in London on 27-28 October for our yearly conference. One big task there is to assess where we and the labour movement are, and map out how to go forward.

Here, abridged, are three contributions to debate: excerpts from the main perspectives document put out for discussion by the National Committee, a criticism from Tom Unterrainer and a response from Martin Thomas.

1. After the lull (NC)

The global capitalist crisis remains febrile, and new upheavals are therefore likely within the next year. We need to prepare ourselves.

In Britain we have had a

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