Momentum members have voted to prioritise eight motions for the 2021 Labour Party conference (September 25-9, Brighton).
The motions prioritised are: “£15 minimum wage”; “Time for proportional representation”; “Green jobs revolution”; “Global climate justice”; “Build council housing and end homelessness”; “Reject integrated care systems, renationalise England’s NHS and social care”; “A four day week for a society in which we work to live, not live to work”; and “Build back fairer: attack poverty and inequality”. Momentum's office says that the Momentum National Coordinating Group will add others on racism.
Two motions which Momentum Internationalists pushed got into the eight: "Build back fairer" and "Global climate justice". Three others pushed by MI failed to reach the final eight: one from the Labour Campaign for Free Movement and others on migrants' rights, one from Free Our Unions and the Fire Brigades Union, and one from the Uyghur Solidarity Campaign and Labour Solidarity with Hong Kong. (See here for all motions submitted.)
"Build back fairer: attack poverty and inequality” (see the full text in comment below) includes a relatively comprehensive program of demands for reshaping society as we move forward through and perhaps out of the Covid-19 crisis. It goes far beyond not only what the Labour Party is advocating – not difficult – but beyond what the bulk of the left, inside and outside Labour, is arguing for.
Crucially for its demands, all the demands in all the other motions and any other demands we might make, the motion notes the dramatic and deepening concentration of wealth in the hands of the super-rich and says:
“We need to take back wealth, with a wealth tax, increased corporation tax, capital gains tax and taxing very high incomes; and taking banking and finance into democratic public ownership.”
The demand for public ownership of the banks and financial sector – also referred to in the “Global climate justice” motion – is particularly vital for meeting the multiple crises we face. As far as we know this is the first time Momentum has advocated it; we should push to make sure it does so prominently.
The motion includes a number of other essential but often neglected pro-working class demands, like repealing all anti-trade union laws and abolishing the "No recourse to public funds" rule targeting many migrants.