Saturday, 18 September 2010

Tony Benn: invitation to join Coalition of Resistance

Via Coalition of Resistance:

Dear Trades (Union) Council and County Association Comrades*

This summer, under my aegis, and that of other campaigners, the Coalition of Resistance (COR) was formed to enable people across the country to make a stand against so-called inevitable cuts and privatisation. More information can be found at and, for specific items, in the small print links below.

We feel trade unions are central to this resistance and see our role as fighting alongside unions and linking them with community campaigns to mobilise civil society to resist the malicious dismantling of the welfare state. We are affiliated to no political party and aim to support, encourage and link up local, national and international campaigns against reactionary and ideological ‘austerity’ measures.

(See more ‘About us’ at:

The Coalition issued a statement in the summer which has been very well received, with many thousands signing individually to express their support. Its policy objectives are broadly in line with those of most unions and the TUC


I will be speaking at a Coalition of Resistance protest in Downing Street (4.00 to 7.00pm) on Wednesday 20 October 2010, the day Con-Dem Chancellor Osborne announces planned spending cuts.


We have organised a conference on Saturday 27 November 2010 at the Camden Centre, Bidborough Street, London WC1H 9DB to discuss the future direction of the campaign of the campaign and ask you to consider sending representatives and circulating the calling notice to branches and delegates.


Finally, do join our mailing list.

Yours sincerely

Tony Benn
Paul Mackney
(former General Secretary of NATFHE/UCU – for the Steering Committee)

*Please note: we have sent this to all local Trades (Union) Council where we have an email address. Our list is incomplete so CATCs should feel free to circulate to their constituent T(U)Cs


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