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At the National Consultative Conference 2000:

Lessons in Implementing the Line of the 3rd Congress: Birmingham Branch

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At the National Consultative Conference 2000:
Lessons in Implementing the Line of the 3rd Congress: Birmingham Branch

North East:
Workers Oppose AMEC Demands for Cuts in the Wages and Holidays

Israel and Palestine:
Coalition of Women for a Just Peace

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At the National Consultative Conference 2000:

Lessons in Implementing the Line of the 3rd Congress: Birmingham Branch

The activists militating in the basic organisations of RCPB(ML) will present their summing up of the experience of implementing the line of the 3rd Congress in this start-up period. This summing up will present the priorities and guidelines for the work in the period up to the 4th Congress. This is what is meant by the crystallising of the Party’s tasks. Of course, this summing up will be completely in the context of the Party’s preoccupations and the line set centrally, in accordance with the decisions of the 3rd Congress.

For example, the Birmingham Branch of RCPB(ML) will present a summing up of its work to re-establish itself and develop as a force to intervene in the political life of the region. They will explain how, in particular, they have worked to consolidate and develop their work around the working class. During the course of strikes and other struggles which have broken out, they have emphasised that the workers need a programme of their own, and have rallied forces around the fighting call Stop Paying the Rich – Increase Investments in Social Programmes!

The Birmingham Branch will explain how the crucial area of development of the work has been in developing the role of Workers’ Weekly in responding to the call of the Party to Improve the Content, Extend the Readership of the newspaper in the present circumstances of the Party’s work.

They will emphasise that the Party exists as a system, in which the basic organisations militate as organs of class struggle at their level, and give concrete leadership to the workers in struggle, and call on them to take up definite tasks in order to occupy the space for change. Within this, the Branch encourages and begins to organise the workers to become writers and disseminators for the Mass Party Press.

The Birmingham Branch draws the conclusion that it is the work to build the Mass Communist Party and Mass Party Press that will prove decisive in advancing the workers’ movement, in which the militants of the Branch speak as communists. As the Party of new arrangements, RCPB(ML) calls on the workers to develop their leading role, and establishes organisations of a new type.

The Branch concludes that, armed with this analysis and conviction, it is confident that it will overcome its present limitations and make important headway. It pledges to fully contribute to the National Consultative Conference 2000, further elaborating on these issues, so as to ensure that the Conference successfully fulfils its aims.

National Consultative Conference 2000
An Invitation to Participate

http://www.rcpbml.org.uk/ww2000/d00-197.htm

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North East:

Workers Oppose AMEC Demands for Cuts in the Wages and Holidays

On Wednesday, November 29, 120 workers at AMEC, Wallsend, walked out on strike over a plan by the company to reduce their wages and holidays. The company, which is in the highly lucrative production of oil platforms for the oil industry, is trying to impose a new wage structure which could cut their wages by up to 25%. It is reported that the new wage structure would reduce a fabricator's starting wage from over £11 per hour to about £9 per hour. There are also plans to reduce holiday entitlement from 33 days a year to 20 days a year.

The company, which is in negotiations with the GMB over the strike, issued a warning that it was close to a "lucrative deal" to build a floating oil production storage and offloading module for an oilfields off the coast of Nigeria. It said that it feared the order could be jeopardised by the strike. Paul Novak, TUC regional secretary, was reported as saying the strike was "unfortunate" and that the TUC had stressed that "partnership between workers and unions are the key to revival". However, the GMB union representative stressed that the men were "determined to put wrong to right".

AMEC is hell bent on increasing further the lucrative profits in this industry by exploiting the global market place whilst at the same time reducing the wages and holidays of the workers to the minimum. The workers can never accept "revival" of the industry on this basis and "partnership" with the employer, otherwise they would be reduced to impoverishment. The strike which the men are continuing is entirely just and reflects the diametric opposition of the interests of the workers in defence of their pay and conditions, and those of the employers in fighting to make maximum profits in the global market. At the same time, what is key to the revival of the national economy so that it meets the needs of the people is that the workers end their marginalisation from politics and put forward their own programme to change the direction of the economy.

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Israel and Palestine:

Coalition of Women for a Just Peace

WDIE has received notice of the outcome of a meeting of the Coalition of Women for a Just Peace in Nazareth on November 29, 2000.

A statement by them says that, at the meeting, "We, Jewish and Palestinian women, citizens of Israel, activists for peace and representatives of a large number of women’s organisations in Israel, have agreed to the following principles for solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict":

1. An end to the occupation;

2. Establishment of the state of Palestine side by side with the state of Israel based on the 1967 borders;

3. Recognition of Jerusalem as the shared capital of two states;

4. Israel must recognise its responsibility for the results of the 1948 war, and find a just solution to the Palestinian refugee problem;

5. Opposition to the militarism that permeates Israeli society;

6. Equality, inclusion and justice for Palestinian citizens of Israel;

7. Equal rights for women and for all residents of Israel;

8. The full involvement of women in negotiations for peace;

9. Social and economic justice for Israel’s citizens, and integration in the region.

The Coalition of Women for a Just Peace is calling upon all women who affirm these principles – Jews, Palestinians, and others – to join them in a mass rally, vigil and march through the streets of Jerusalem on December 29.

WDIE wishes the Coalition every success in its work, and demands that all outside interference by the US, Britain and others in the Middle East end so that the people of that region can sort out their own affairs.

For further information, visit the following website: http://www.batshalom.org

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