(en) THE WAY FORWARD

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The following message although addressed specifically to the working class movement in Britain with a General Election imminent, is circulated here as a contribution to the discussion on rebuilding and strengthening the workers' movement internationally.

TO ACTIVISTS IN THE WORKERS' MOVEMENT IN BRITAIN

Dear Sisters & Brothers,

The way forward for the working class

With a General Election imminent, the ITUSC Committee unanimously endorsed the following points as a basis for discussion throughout the workers' movement, now and beyond the Election. These points are an extract from a six page 'Open Letter', which contains a detailed political/industrial analysis and is obtainable from the above address, by simply sending a large, stamped addressed envelope or by e-mail on request. If you, your trade union branch or trades union council would like to take the discussion further, just contact us at the above address and we will arrange for an ITUSC speaker to introduce the topic. We would also be pleased to receive your views/comments (critical or otherwise) on these points.

1) Only a socialist society can answer the urgent needs of humanity. The rule of capital, in countries with parliamentary 'democracy' as well as under repressive dictatorships, has in the 20th century brought misery and death to countless millions in war, famine and exploitation. Its continued existence threatens the very survival of humanity and of the planet. 2) The winning of socialism, and the running of the future socialist society, will be the work of the working people themselves. A party for socialism can have no interests separate and apart from those of the working-class, before or after the overthrow of capitalism. Socialist common ownership of the means of production is nothing to do with the bureaucratically controlled nationalised industries, directly serving capital, introduced by Labour Governments, nor with the type of control once exercised by Stalinism. From the time the working people take ownership and control, the state will begin to 'wither away'. 3) The working-class and all those who join it in the fight for socialism are international, rejecting all distinctions, barriers and discrimination of a nationalist or racialist nature. The movement for a socialist party must therefore be international and internationalist (as the ITUSC has always been). 4) The traditional parties claiming to be socialist and working-class (Labour, Communist, Social Democratic, Socialist) have failed and betrayed socialism and the working-class. They have completely accepted the rule of capital, that is, they now accept that the mass of the people will always be wage-slaves. A new party is necessary. The movement for a new socialist party seeks to unite all those who work for such a party. 5) Socialism cannot be achieved through parliament (which is part of the capitalist state-machine) and parliamentary political parties. a) The new party must be a party of the working-class, not for it. b) It will aim at socialism through self-action, political independence and self-organisation of the working-class and all those fighting against capital. Most important is to build up the mutual solidarity and combination of these many forces. c) The separation between the industrial and political 'wings' of the working-class movement must be ended, because capital's domination extends and must be countered in every sphere, from work and everyday life to its control of the state and attacks on basic rights. 6) The anti-union laws must be challenged and defeated. To do this, trade unionists will need to organise against the government (Tory or Labour), that is to say, politically, as a class. This means putting an end to the control of the unionised workers by the trade union bureaucracy, which accepts the laws and is integrated into the capitalist state.

These aims and principles are no utopian ideals but are the only alternative to the uncontrolled and uncontrollable destructiveness of capital in its insoluble, structural, historical crisis nationally and internationally.

With fraternal greetings.

____________________________________________________________________ This is from the International Trade Union Solidarity Campaign (ITUSC) at:- e-mail: itusc@gn.apc.org website: http://www.itusc.org.uk 'snail' mail: PO Box 18, Epsom, Britain, KT18 7YR Tel/Fax ++44 (0) 1372 817 778 The ITUSC is an international and internationalist association of organised workers and communities, dedicated to rebuilding the workers' movement and to overcoming sectarianism and division in working class organisations. It was founded in 1991 on the following principles: 1) trade unions independent of the state and employers; 2) democracy within trade unions, and; 3) workers' internationalism. Any individuals or organisations that accept these principles and are prepared to work for them, are regarded as comrades by the ITUSC. ____________________________________________________________________

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