From Socialist Review 270, January 2003.
Transcribed by Christian Høgsbjerg.
Marked up by Einde O’ Callaghan for the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).
As the firefighters’ dispute develops, socialists inside the trade union movement need to answer – and win – the crucial political questions which have underpinned the strike.
Central to the future of our movement is the relationship between the trade union leadership and the Labour Party and our ability, at a rank and file level, to condition it.
As our union leaders fight to ensure the political fund is exclusive to Labour, we need to battle to democratise it. To do so effectively means rebuilding a political rank and file movement as the only method workers have of controlling their union leaders-right wing or left wing.
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