Tuesday at the TUC

16 September 2015

Jeremy Corbyn, making his first major speech as Labour Party leader, told the TUC on Tuesday afternoon that the party can win the general election in 2020 with its progressive left-wing ‘vision of a better society.’ He was greeted at the Brighton Centre by Corbynistas shouting ‘Jez we can! Jez we can!’ and, in the hall, by a standing ovation from delegates. He got another at the end of his 15 minute speech. Jeremy spoke of his background in the union movement and made an unqualified commitment to repeal the Trade Union Bill going through parliament. He also told Congress that, in the three days since his election as leader, more than 30,000 people had joined the Labour Party.

Simon Weller, ASLEF’s national organiser, who spoke passionately from the podium against the Trade Union Bill in the morning, was re-elected to the general council of the TUC.

Mick Whelan, ASLEF’s general secretary, who moved an emergency motion on Colombia from the podium on Monday afternoon, chaired a packed Justice for Colombia fringe meeting at Tuesday lunchtime. ‘Colombia is the most dangerous place in the world to be a trade union activist,’ said Mick. ‘More than 3,000 have been killed in the last 25years and many more have been unjustly imprisoned. Colombia has one of the highest levels of inequality in the world; 50% of the people live in poverty and 20% of the population live in absolute poverty, on less than $2 a day.’

Tosh McDonald, EC president,gave a typically barnstorming performance at the Unions 21 fringe meeting devoted to The Rebalancing Act: How we create a fairer, more productive economy.

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