The EU referendum divided the trade union movement and the Left. Now unity is essential if we are to defend our democracy and reshape our economy on progressive terms in the new circumstances outside the EU.
Over the coming months the Conservatives will make every effort to develop a new international framework that will continue to enforce existing neo-liberal policies and the dominance of big business.
The Morning Star’s Autumn Conference is about how to stop this. It will debate the options and alliances that potentially exist, inside and outside the EU, for progressive policies - for public ownership, reversing privatisation, investing in the productive economy and restoring collective bargaining.
The conference will examine how to build the alliances needed to secure such policies – policies that can give hope to working people and by doing so halt the rise of right-wing populism. At the same time the conference will consider the special situation in Scotland and discuss how to push forward a progressive agenda at both British and Scottish levels.
Brian Campfeld - President Irish Congress of Trade Unions
Jane Carolan - Chair Unison Policy Committee; TUC Executive
Jackson Cullinane - Head of Unite Scotland’s Politics, Research and Campaigns Unit
Ian Davidson - Former Chair Commons Scottish Affairs Committee
Keith Ewing - Professor of Labour Law, Kings College, London
Lynn Henderson - Scottish Secretary PCS
Tam Kirby - Fife People’s Assembly; Unite Scottish Executive
Richard Leonard - Labour MSP Central Scotland; Scottish Labour spokesperson on the economy
Phil McGarry - RMT Political Officer; Chair People’s Assembly Scotland
Dave Moxham - Depute General Secretary, STUC
Tommy Sheppard MP - Edinburgh East SNP
Rhea Wolfson - Labour Youth