Meeting the challenges after the General Election
10.30 Welcome by Ted Knight, Chair Croydon Assembly
10.40 Presentations by Mark Serwotka (General Secretary PCS), Philipa Harvey (President NUT) and Matt Wrack (General Secretary FBU)
11.30 Break into discussion groups
12.45 Report back on three/four key issues
1.00 Lunch at the venue
The way forward
2.00 Chair: Philipa Harvey
John McDonnell MP and Adam Khalif (PCS)
2.40 Open Plenary
Plus contributions from convenors of Housing, Welfare, Education, Economy, Health, Democracy, Environment and other working groups
3.45 Summary of main conclusions
4.00 Closing remarks. Ted Knight
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Croydon Assembly recalled to resist austerity
Resisting the Tory government’s austerity cuts programme is top of the agenda when the Croydon Assembly meets for the second time on June 6 at Ruskin House.
Local activists and campaign groups from across the borough will also discuss how to respond to the election result that sent shock waves across the Labour and trade union movement.
After hearing from key speakers, the Assembly will break into groups to discuss the new political landscape and what it means for Croydon people.
Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public & Commercial Services Union, who will open the Assembly, said:
“With the renewed onslaught of cuts our communities face in the next five years, it is vital that people come together to discuss, share experiences, and organise resistance.
“The government will seek to divide us by demonising trade unionists, migrants, young people, benefit claimants, public sector workers and so on. But we must stay united and stand together. The Croydon Assembly is a great example of that unity.”
The afternoon session on future plans will be led off by Labour MP John McDonnell, who has launched a website (radical-labour.co.uk) to intervene in the party’s leadership contest.
He says: “At the moment the choice of a new Labour leader is looking like a glamour contest between a group of candidates with little ideologically to choose between them. Let’s transform this leadership election into a real debate about the future of socialism, our party and our country.”
McDonnell, who also spoke at the inaugural Assembly last November, added: “With the Government threatening cuts in public services and benefits combined with the wholesale privatisation of the NHS we need bodies like the Croydon Assembly more than ever. The Assembly plays a vitally important role in bringing the local community together to resist these cuts and offer an alternative to austerity policies.”
Entry to the Assembly is by donation and is being held place at Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon CR0 1BD from 10.30am-4pm. People can register via Eventbrite.