This CLP notes:
- The wave of industrial action taking place at the moment, as rail workers, nurses, paramedics, teachers, firefighters, posties, bus drivers strike to defend their jobs, pay & conditions in a cost-of-living crisis;
- That locally [XYZ] are currently/ about to embark upon strike action
- That the Conservative Government has refused to support inflation-proof pay rises for workers, sabotaged rail negotiations and attacked key workers;
- That the Labour Party was founded by trade unions to give a political voice to workers;
- That Conference 2022 unanimously backed the UNISON-GMB motion, which committed the Party to supporting “pay increases at least in line with inflation”;
- That Conference also backed a CWU-Unite motion offering “unequivocal support to all UK workers taking strike action for higher pay & in defence of their jobs, terms & conditions;
- That Labour’s leadership has not yet backed an inflation-proof pay rise for workers, instead restating its support for the supposedly independent pay review process;
- That these pay bodies have been criticised by unions and others as not being independent
- That research from Unite shows that profit margins for the UK’s biggest companies are 73% higher than pre-pandemic levels and runaway profits are responsible for 59% of inflation in the last year.
- That polling shows public support for every sector of workers striking, with 60% backing nurses.
- That the Tories are currently attempting to restrict the right to strike for public sector workers.
This CLP believes:
- That the Tories have failed the working class of Britain, and that their treatment of workers is deplorable;
- That workers should not pay the price for a Tory cost-of-living crisis;
- That Labour should stand with workers in their hour of need, including by attending picket lines and backing an inflation-proof pay rise for workers;
- That Labour is right to oppose the Tories attempts to criminalise key workers for taking strike action;
- That a unified labour movement can win these battles
- That wealth taxes would be more than sufficient to fund public-sector pay rises (7).
This CLP resolves:
- To write to the NEC stating the CLP’s wish for the Party to abide by the aforementioned motions passed at Conference;
- To restate its solidarity with striking workers and an inflation-proof pay rise, to be paid for by new wealth taxes;
- To lobby the NEC in favour of repealing new and existing anti-trade union laws;
- To organise delegations of Labour members to attend picket lines locally, asking all councillors and elected office holders locally to join.