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At the National Consultative Conference 2000:

Maximum Political Mobilisation

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At the National Consultative Conference 2000:
Maximum Political Mobilisation

NHS Winter Plan:
Why Should Not the Health Workers and Professionals, Together with the Community, Decide?

Jobs To Go at Important Midland Manufacturing Firm

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At the National Consultative Conference 2000:

Maximum Political Mobilisation

The London Regional Forum on the Mass Party Press, organised by RCPB(ML) in the London Region, began to raise the profile of the work region by convening regular fortnightly meetings. Again on a fortnightly basis the Region reported on its work to Workers’ Daily Internet Edition and Workers’ Weekly.

This Forum has gained great significance in the work of the activists and friends in the region, it created a highly conducive space in which to grasp the Party’s line on the Millennium Project and the Mass Party Press. In the context of this, it engaged the activists and supporters in setting the agenda for this work in the region, and developed a programme of discussion and work in order to turn the Party’s decisions into their own and facilitate their implementation.

The region adopted as its watchword, "Maximum Political Mobilisation!". By this it meant calling on the maximum number to participate in the task the Forum had set itself in the region, and carrying out work of political mobilisation to involve them and make them conscious of the importance and necessity of the work. The programme set was the mobilising of the maximum numbers to read, study, discuss, disseminate and finance Workers’ Weekly. This, the Region decided, was the way the Region could take its first step in making its contribution to building the Mass Party Press.

The London Region will elaborate this logic at the National Consultative Conference, presenting a summing up of its work and the possibilities for its further development.

Finally, the London Regional Forum on the Mass Party Press is very proud to be hosting this important Conference which marks the crystallisation of the tasks of the Party.

National Consultative Conference 2000
An Invitation to Participate

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

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NHS Winter Plan:

Why Should Not the Health Workers and Professionals, Together with the Community, Decide?

Yesterday, the NHS winter plan was unveiled. Its purpose was to put a gloss on the crisis that the health service will inevitably face during the winter months, when its lack of resources becomes all too obvious.

Tony Blair spoke of these plans, detailing how the government was doing all in its power to improve on last winter’s NHS performance. Nevertheless, he warned that there would be problems. However, his message was: "The NHS is a glass half full not empty." The NHS, he claimed, "is going in the right direction".

If health care were recognised as a right, there would be no question but that the society would have an obligation to keep the NHS glass full. The NHS glass is not of a fixed size, which government resources may match or not match. To provide health care to all at the highest standard possible is a principle.

Why should the direction that the NHS is going in not be discussed by health workers and professionals, together with the community whose health the service cares for? A system where the provision of health care is decided in this manner in consultation with the workers would be a solution to the crisis in the NHS and a means to safeguard its future.

The present direction of the health service has been set to benefit private finance, as has been confirmed by the recent Concordats and the extension of PFI. Many people have elaborated the facts of the case beyond all refutation. This is not the right direction for the health service and ensures only that the NHS glass, however full, satisfies the thirst of the rich. The movement to change this direction must be developed to achieve lasting success.

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Jobs To Go at Important Midland Manufacturing Firm

A Black Country manufacturing firm is to close down with the loss of 90 jobs.

The redundancies will be made at the Precision Steel Factory in Wednesbury. The company is owned by the Dutch-based firm, MCB International.

MCB has acknowledged that workers have been productive and put in enormous efforts but the company is withdrawing because profits have not been high enough. The Hallen's drive site has seen huge investment but this has not been enough for the company.

A buyer is being sought, but in the meantime, the factory is scaling down and it will close next year. The unions say that workers are devastated by the announcement and leaders blame competition from abroad.

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