The Somerset Association of Trades Union Councils & National Shop Stewards Network (South West) invite all trades unionists to a meeting to discuss Working-class Political Representation.
7.45pm, Thursday April 15th
GWRSA (Railway) Club
Wellington Rd, Bridgwater, TA6, 5HA
next to Bridgwater rail station. Buffett supper and bar.
The SATC and NSSN (SW) want the meeting to be the start of a serious long-term discussion on trade union and working-class involvement in politics in this country, as well as an analysis of disillusionment and disenfranchisement from the whole process of parliamentary democracy, since at least 1997. Although the meeting has been called during General Election time, it will be neither a ‘hustings’ of likely candidates and parties, or a competition for the local working-class vote. Twelve west-country trades unionists have been invited to give us their thoughts on the subject for five minutes each, in two sessions. Although many respected trades unionists will be among these speakers, there are no ‘stars’, and members of the audience will have exactly the same time to take part in the discussion.
Speakers are described from their trade union, to encourage a spirit of working-class unity from the start. We have invited members of most progressive political groups that claim the allegiance of the working-class: Labour Party, Labour Representation Committee, Trade Union & Socialist Coalition, Green Party, Socialist Party, Communist Party of Britain, Respect, IWW and the Socialist Workers Party.
Glen Burrows, RMT, Bristol; Carole Vallelly, GMB, Wiltshire; Liz Payne, Unison, Taunton; John Drake, Regional Secretary, FBU; Dave Osborne, Unite, Augusta-Westland, Yeovil; Donald McDougall, Unite, Honda, Swindon; Tony Staunton, Unite, Plymouth; Charles Graham, Unite, Bridgwater; George Goodenough, GMB, Hinkley Point; PCS Regional Cttee rep; Anne Lemon, NUT, North Somerset
Chair: Dave Chapple, CWU Bristol, Sec., Somerset TUC’s and Chair NSSN
The Bridgwater GWRSA Club is 100 yards from Bridgwater Station. If you are coming by train, turn right at the station entrance, walk past the car showroom and the club is the next building. Trains arrive from the Bristol direction at 6.48pm and 7.15pm; from the Plymouth/Taunton direction at 6.19pm and 7.30pm. Trains back in the Bristol/Bath/Swindon direction are at 9.33pm and 10.42pm, to Taunton/Plymouth at 9.52pm and 11.22pm. Car access from Taunton is via Broadway/Cranleigh Gardens/St John St; from Bristol is via Bristol Rd, Polden St, Wellington Rd. Car parking at the station.
For further details contact Dave Chapple, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org