Towards Left Unity – New Statement

On May 1 and June 13 the Trade Unions involved in Right2Water are hosting conferences to discuss a new political initiative.

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On May 1 and June 13 the Trade Unions involved in Right2Water are hosting conferences to discuss a new political initiative.

A recent survey by Dr Rory Hearne from Maynooth indicates that there would strong popular support for a new political formation linked to the water charges campaign and to the left of Sinn Fein.

In advance of the conferences People Before Profit, the Anti-Austerity Alliance, Brendan Young, Eddie Conlon and other independent lefts are planning to issue a statement welcoming this development and setting out the principles which they would like to see form the basis for any new left alliance or formation.

They stress the need for the process of developing a new political platform to be open, democratic and participatory rather than just based on invitations from above.

They say it needs to complement the anti-water charges campaign not replace it and to retain an emphasis on struggle from below not just winning seats.

It should commit openly to non-payment of the water charges and adopt a principled anti-austerity position.

This includes ruling out coalition with Fine Gael, Labour or Fianna Fail and rejecting the bank-bailout debt with a willingness to take unilateral action to repudiate it.

It should support public investment to meet the needs of ordinary people, environmental protection and provide proper jobs.

They argue the new formation should also commit to campaigning for democratic rights, including marriage equality and repeal of the 8th Amendment and reject racism and the scapegoating of minority groups.

The statement will also stress the massive opportunity opening up for the left in the present situation.

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