General Meeting 1st May 2013

posted 9 May 2013, 03:40 by general office   [ updated 13 Jun 2013, 04:05 ]

      1. Motion on Peoples’ Assembly

Islington Teachers Association notes:

 1) The intensified Tory assault on working people represents the biggest offensive for generations.

2) Cameron’s government is slashing benefits, scapegoating unemployed and disabled people and immigrants. The Tories are continuing the privatisation of our health service, slashing jobs, enforcing low pay and undermining pensions.

3) The call for the People’s Assembly Against Austerity, to be held on Saturday 22 June, 9:30am – 5pm, Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, London, Westminster, London SW1H 9NH

4) That the call has been backed by most leading trade union figures.

5) The strikes by the PCS on 20 March and 5-8 April and the plans for regional and national strikes over pay by the NUT and the NASUWT teachers’ unions.

6) That some trade unions have backed a general strike and that there is a continuing need to coordinate strikes.

7) The increasing ideological crisis of the Tory rationale for austerity and the widening debate on economic alternatives.

8) That this debate is of fundamental importance in setting a framework for a viable economic alternative (in this country and beyond) capable of gaining mass support in the dying days of this government and setting the scene for the struggles we will have with the next. 

 ITA believes:

 1) That we should support initiatives like the People’s Assembly, and also campaigns like Coalition of Resistance and Unite the Resistance that pull together trade unionists and campaigners who want to build a fight against austerity. 

2) That it is crucial that alongside conferences and protests we develop an industrial  and political campaign against the government including a campaign of coordinated national strikes. Words about resistance need to be turned into action which can take many forms.

3) That the TUC should act on the resolution passed at its last conference to name the date for a general strike against austerity.  

 ITA  resolves

 1) To support the People’s Assembly ( and to send delegates

2) To affiliate to Unite the Resistance ( and the Coalition of Resistance.

3) To call on our union to co-ordinate its actions with other unions in the fight against austerity.

4) To back the call for the TUC to name the day for a general strike against the attacks

5) To seek support from other unions and local campaign groups for a public debate on economic alternatives to austerity. 

2. Motion on Primary Charter.

ITA agrees to:

·         adopt the Charter and promote it in Islington

·         support and send as many  delegates as wish to attend to the Primary Charter conference on 15 June

·         donate £500 towards the cost of the conference


3. Emergency motion in support of the FBU.

1. This meeting notes the threat to close Clerkenwell Fire Station and other London stations.

2. We note that this decision is based solely on financial not safety considerations.

3. It agrees to support a campaign to help to stop the closure

·         Support the Islington demo on 8th June

·         Encourage all Islington Schools to invite an FBU speaker to union meetings to explain the dangers

·         To support local campaigning – street stalls, stunts etc. to raise awareness

·         To recommend that the Committee makes a donation of up to £500 towards the costs of the campaign.