AWL conference April 2021

Report on the work of the AWL

The AWL gives credit to itself for adapting well to the pandemic conditions. These have brought our strengths, clear-sighted Marxist politics, to the fore — from proposals to fight pandemic inequalities, to principled internationalism as right wing populism and chauvinism is on the rise. Adaptation has been hard work and inevitably our organisational infrastructure has been under strain; nonetheless we have made some organisational gains. We can always do better, but our main task this year will be to work patiently at the areas that we can improve. We will return to the programme of work...

Workers' Liberty meets in conference

On 24 and 25 April Workers’ Liberty held its first conference since the start of the pandemic. Normally we have a conference once a year. We last met, physically, in January 2020, and hope to do so again 27-28 November 2021. During the pandemic many labour movement organisations have cancelled their conferences. Others have held online events but made them much less democratic than they could be. Last year Labour held an online “conference” which was just a series of speakers. The conference days were shorter — six hours, with more breaks — and much of the normal informal discussion and...

US politics, Trump, the Democrats, etc. — Conference documents

This page contains the motions on the USA, Trump and Biden, the Democrats etc., which were passed, and, below that, those which fell, in Workers' Liberty's April 2021 conference. The discussion running up to it can be found here. Image CC from here. 1. US politics, Trump etc. (passed) Developments in US politics over the past year have been the subject to lengthy debate in the labour movement, within the AWL and in our paper Solidarity . Those discussions have been useful and should continue. Our AGM should make an initial assessment and draw some political conclusions. Trump Donald Trump was...

The Labour Party: document from AWL conference 2021

1. Life in the Labour Party has been low since Starmer won the leadership in April 2020 and since the start of lockdown in March 2020. The obvious reasons are: The dismay and disorientation of the 2015 lefties at the progressive disintegration of "Corbynism" and the December 2019 election defeat The lockdown itself, with the consequent lack of all but small strikes, of all but small demonstrations (except the first big BLM protests), and of in-person meetings. 2. The human base of the left which won victories at Labour's 2019 conference has not disappeared. Rather, it is dismayed, disoriented...

Class struggle in the Age of Covid — Conference document

Although it is to be hoped that vaccination programmes are successful in substantially suppressing the virus, it is likely to be many years before Covid fades into the background to such an extent that anything resembling a pre-Covid “normality” returns. Working-class struggle against the hegemony of market logic and the profit motive, to assert the interests of social and ecological need, is imperative. We fight for the labour movement to take up demands implied by the pandemic, such as: Full sickness and isolation pay for all workers, regardless of contractual status - a demand we will...

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