Workers Power: Statement on unity: Towards revolutionary unity

Category: Left Unity
Published on Monday, 10 February 2014
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In preparation for the meeting held on Saturday 8 Feb as part of the unity process the IS Network is currently engaged in it was decided that each organisation should produce a statement, which they felt would present a basis for unity and realignment in preparation for the upcoming unity conference. The following statement is the product of that.

For more than a year the crisis of the revolutionary left has centred on the Socialist Workers Party. Sparked by the mishandling of accusations of rape and harassment by women comrades, the leadership’s attempts to suppress opposition resulted in expulsions, factional struggles and two serious splits.

This has led to widespread accusations that the revolutionary left at large is characterised by an abusive attitude to women and dictatorial and undemocratic regimes. It is true that such attitudes and practices are far from being restricted to the SWP: it is not true that all revolutionary organisations and traditions in the UK can be characterised in this way.

 

It would be a serious blow to the working class movement and the future building a serious revolutionary party in Britain if the revolutionary left should suffer further decline, fragmentation or remain stuck in its current state of disunity.

It is vital that revolutionaries do all in our power to overcome the differences that divide us. We should do so on a principled basis – first of all by agreeing a set of basic policies and organisational principles and practices which enable us to work together on the decisive fronts of the class struggle.

That is the goal we should set ourselves.

But we have to be realistic about where we stand now. The groups represented in discussions aimed at revolutionary unity – the International Socialist Network, the Anticapitalist Initiative, Socialist Resistance and Workers Power - all recognise we have both agreements and differences on many issues.

We recognise that there has to be an acceptance of this pluralism or heterogeneity of views. Such differences will continue to be expressed publicly by groups and individuals and it is not desirable that they should be covered up in any way. But at the same time there has to be an intention to seek convergence on a series of issues vital for any effective work in the class struggle.

To establish an exchange of ideas which is both plural yet centred on the realities of the class struggle we should aim to both establish the points of agreement as the basis for immediate work, as well as isolating the areas of difference which will be subject to further debate.

To facilitate this process we will jointly discuss, and amend where necessary, the text of the ISN’s ‘Where we stand’ or any other suitable general statement of principles

Topics

We propose to discuss the following points:

We think that out of these discussions our aim should be to produce together an action programme focussed on the class struggle in Britain in the period immediately ahead.

There are in addition specific programmatic issues that will have to be discussed in conjuncture with these issues.

These include

Organisation

We propose that an agreed agenda of topics be discussed at the series of regional and national meetings as first proposed by the ISN’s Politics and Policy conference.

We extend an invitation to the RS 21 comrades to participate in the process of Revolutionary Unity, as full members or observers, as they wish.

We propose to work together in the public events and actions in solidarity with the Syrian revolution, starting on 15 February but continuing after that.

We propose to work together to produce the women’s publication, aimed at addressing the issues of importance to women’s struggles and in particular to working class and socialist women.

We propose that we all participate with equal rights in the publication of The Exchange as a magazine/website of the on-going discussion.

We will set up a regularly meeting liaison committee consisting of representatives of all the participating groups to organise all the meetings, conferences and joint actions conducted under the banner of the revolutionary regroupment initiative.