As the impacts of the Coronavirus crisis continue to ramp up in the UK and beyond, it's becoming clearer day by day that we cannot rely on Boris Johnson and this Tory government to act in the best interests of the working class.
Whilst they have been forced to make some concessions, there are still a range of urgent demands that need to be won in order to provide security and safety to workers, renters, older folks, disabled people, the NHS - to all of us. Many of these demands were discussed in our first zoom call last week which you can read about here: bit.ly/TWTcoronaviruscall1
But how can we win these demands? In the midst of current social distancing measures, traditional tactics like big meetings, protests and pickets cannot always be deployed in the same way. So we have to identify alternative and innovative ways of applying pressure on the Government, employers, landlords and others, as well as on the institutions of the left in order to shape their responses. At the same time, with hundreds of thousands having to remain in work, there is still huge scope for traditional workplace organising and tactics such as strikes to be successful.
In this call - the second of an ongoing series - we'll be discussing what tactics are at the Left's disposal to fight for our demands and win. What campaigns have already sprung up and how can they be developed? What can we learn from workers' struggles taking place in other countries, and some that have already begun here? How can we use digital platforms to transform the way we organise? What is the role of the Labour Party, and how can members hold it to account? What are concrete actions that all of us can take?
We'll be joined by:
-Valery Algaza, Activist & Trade Unionist
-Rebecca Long Bailey, Labour leadership contender
-Sharmina August, Salford City Council
-Anthony Johnson, community nurse & organiser with Nurses United
-Tenants organisers & more -