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Another Tory government – ruling by themselves, with the Lib Dems or, worst of all, in coalition with UKIP – would be a disaster for the working class. As socialists, we want a Labour victory, not because we support Labour’s current position – a softer version of austerity and anti-migrant politics – but to throw out the Coalition, and because Labour is linked to workers’ basic organisations, trade unions. If the unions choose to fight, they can change Labour’s direction.

We don’t want to “hold our noses” and vote Labour as a lesser evil. We want to combine campaigning for a Labour government with making clear working-class demands, to boost working-class confidence, and strengthen and transform our labour movement so it is fit to fight.

We must challenge the idea that the working class should pay for the capitalist crisis through increased inequality, lower pay, job insecurity, workplace stress, draconian ‘performance management’ and cuts to services. The labour movement should be championing every working-class fightback against the bosses’ drive to squeeze more and more profit out of our work and our lives.

In place of the dog-eat-dog, exploiting society of capitalism, we socialists are fighting for a world of collective ownership, equality and sustainable planning for people’s needs, not profit. We want to spread these ideas in the working class and among young people.

A socialist transformation of society is not immediately on the cards. Socialism is only possible when a majority of workers are convinced and organised to make it happen. But if we work to strengthen the left and working-class struggles, and reinject socialist ideas into political debate, we can push Labour to shift course and deliver at least some positive changes for the working class.

Whether on the Living Wage or the NHS, free education or zero hours contracts, rail renationalisation or fracking, we need to up the pressure on Labour. We need to advocate radical policies like reversing all cuts, taxing the rich and taking the banks into democratic public ownership. The labour movement should aim for a government that serves the working class as the Coalition serves the rich.

We are fighting for democracy in the Labour Party so that working-class voices, muffled by the New Labour machine and union bureaucracy, can be heard.

We need a labour movement responsive and accessible to the working class in all its diversity, fighting bigotry and oppression. We oppose Labour’s shameful accommodation to anti-migrant agitation by UKIP and other right-wingers. British and migrant workers have the same interests. We support freedom of movement and equal rights for all. We want working-class solidarity across Europe and the world.

In the run up to the election, we are building a network of socialists to carry out this fight. Help us, get involved!

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Initial signatories:

Campaign for Socialism Scotland
CWU Greater London Combined Branch
Unison Lambeth local government branch
RMT Bakerloo (London Underground) branch
RMT Central Line East (LU) branch
RMT East Midlands Central branch
John McDonnell MP
Julie Ward MEP
Ian Hodson, National President, Bakers’, Food & Allied Workers Union
James McAsh, London Young Labour Committee
Maria Exall, CWU Greater London Combined Branch Secretary
Gill Kennett and Dean Kirk, Hull Red Labour councillors
Paul Holmes, Kirklees Unison secretary
Janine Booth, Secretary, Central Line East branch RMT, and Co-Chair, TUC Disabled Workers’ Committee
Liam McNulty, Hornsey & Wood Green CLP Youth Officer
Andrew Berry, Unison Labour Link Committee
Omar Raii, UCLU External Affairs & Campaigns Officer
Jamie Green, former NUS London convenor, Unite activist
John Moloney, Department of Transport PCS activist
Becky Crocker, RMT Women’s Advisory Committee Chair
Jon Rogers, Lambeth Unison branch secretary and Unison NEC
Ruth Cashman, Lambeth Unison branch chair
Rida Vaquas, Young Labour Under 19s officer
Jenny Lennox, Walthamstow LP, NUJ and Unite member
Dave Osler, vice chair, Shacklewell Branch, Hackney North CLP
Tony Byrne, RMT East Midlands Central branch chair
Katie Kokkinou, NUS London committee
Camila Bassi, Sheffield Hallam UCU
Tom Harris, Campaign for Labour Party Democracy executive
Daniel Cooper, NUS National Executive
Anita Downs, Unite rep at Lewisham Hospital
Beth Redmond, NCAFC NC, left candidate for NUS President
Chris Marks, PCS North West Organiser
Pat Murphy, National Union of Teachers executive
Liam Conway, NUT executive
Clive Protheroe, RMT Bakerloo branch chair
Ross Marshall, Secretary, National Station Grades Committee, RMT
Clive Boutle, Chair of Alexandra Branch Labour Party
Dave Kirk, Unite the Union NE204/4 branch secretary
Pat Markey, Northampton Labour Party member and NUT activist
Hannah Thompson, Lewisham West and Penge CLP
Pauline Bryan, Campaign for Socialism Scotland
Andrew Coates, Branch Chair, Unite, LE 1/860
James Elliot, NUS National Executive Committee
Owen Mooney, Chair of Scottish Labour Students
Daniel Randall, Bakerloo Line RMT
Jane Stewart, Chair of Unite Women’s Committee and Unite EC member
Ross Quinn, Chair of Wirral Unite branch 9515 and President of Wirral TUC
Elaine Jones, Equalities Officer Unite branch 6/522
Stuart Jordan, Unison activist
Max Shanly, Young Labour National Committee
Andrew Fisher, LEAP Economics
Chris Ford, LRC and Ukraine Solidarity Campaign
Simon Hewitt, Hendon CLP
Jill Mountford, Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign activist
Sacha Ismail, Workers’ Liberty
Austin Harney, Barnet TUC, PCS
Andy Dudley, Chesterfield
Dermot Rathbone, Co-Chair Hull People’s Assembly Against Austerity, Local Government Candidate, Tranby Ward, East Riding of Yorkshire County Council
Rick Evans, Red Labour North Warwickshire
Jeff Hazel, East Ham branch RMT
Jack Hudson, BECTU rep, National Theatre
Vicki Morris, LRC National Committee, Unison at University of Nottingham
Ilyas Aziz, Pakistan Centre Nottingham manager, Nottingham East CLP, Unison
Russell Carr, PCS branch organiser, Tate Galleries
Hannah Wood, Leyton and Wanstead CLP, RMT East Ham branch
Andy Forse, Great Holm, student activist at Oxford Brookes Uni
Robin Carmody
Raquel Palmeira, NCAFC LGBTQ rep
Ewan Gibbs, committee member, Glasgow University Labour Club
Pete Radcliff, Broxtowe CLP
James Doran, Unite Community Darlington
Logan Williams, Unite the Union and Left Unity, Exmouth
Jason Hill, Stoke North CLP, Musicians’ Union
Joseph Cairns, Newcastle under Lyme CLP, RMT
Joseph McCluskey, CWU member, Stoke South CLP
Adrian Finney, London Transport RMT
Sally Cannell, Lewisham NUT
Ian Malcolm-Walker, UNISON & Bournemouth West CLP
David Forman, Harlow TUC Secretary
Isobel Urquhart, UCU, Harlow Socialist History and Politics Group organiser
Ajaz Majeed, London
Freddie Scale, London
Charlie Hindhaugh
Vicky Hayward, Women’s Officer, RMT London Transport Regional Council
Sean McGovern, Unite National Executive, TUC Disabled Workers’ Committee Chair
Dan Nichols, Unison LFEPA
Clive Bradley, screenwriter and Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners activist
Mark Catterall, Labour councillor, Todmorden
Rosie Huzzard, student and Unison activist, Sheffield
Yemisi Ilesanmi, socialist feminist, LGBTQ activist and blogger
Joe Rayment, Unison activist and Council candidate in Bath
Liam J Liburd, Labour Party activist, Sheffield.
Tanju Çakar, NCAFC NC Disabled Rep
Councillor David Knaggs, Leicestershire
Barnaby Marder
Alex Bennett, NUM, Midlothian CLP
Jim Malone, FBU, DTUC and Dundee East CLP
Andrea Dudding, UNISON, York
Rosie Morland, London
Philip Lewis, Camden unison, Hornsey and Woodgreen CLP
Ed Armston, Hackney North & Stoke Newington CLP and Unite
Lauren Gilmour, Secretary, GMB Young Members Network
Tom Barstow, PCS, Manchester
Chris Spence, Newcastle under Lyme CLP, Political education officer, Chair of Local Campaign Forum, Parish Councillor, GMB Union
Eleanor de Max
Matt Wells, PCS branch 001026
Paul Penny, RMT London Transport LGBT Officer
Harris Coverley
Graham de Max, GMB and Gedling CLP
Chris Ellison, Felsted, Unite
Nick Toms, UNITE – Streatham CLP
Alan Theasby, Middlesbrough, Unite Community
Pat Yarker, UEA UCU
Ed Whitby, Newcastle Unison Convenor, Northern Unison Labour Link Committee
Dan Higginbottom, Sheffield NUT
Pete Keenlyside, CWU, Manchester Withington CLP
Margaret Graham, Unite and Edinburgh Southern CLP
Luke Cresswell, South Suffolk Labour Party chair
Max O’Donnell Savage, student activist at Sussex University
Asher Mohammed
Robert Fine, UCU
Robert Morgan
Pete Owen, Newcastle-under-Lyme CLP
Tom Neilson, Labour Councillor in North West Leicestershire
Andy Paterson, Falkirk East CLP
Zandra Waterford, Unison
Tim Cooper, Nottingham Unite Community treasurer
Keri Smith, NUT, Torfaen CLP
Joe Day, Manchester Labour Students and Candidate for Torridge District Council
Ella Thorp, Unison Northern Labour Link Committee
Glenn Brown, RMT Central Line East branch chair
Rory Scothorne, UCU Sussex, Edinburgh South CLP
Lauren Mitchell, Unite Union, Red Labour Nottingham, Hucknall Branch Labour Party
Ronne Randall, Nottingham
Tony Short, Unison Transport Greater Manchester secretary
Christy McMorrow and Alice O’Driscoll, Co-Chairs, Sheffield Labour Students
David Hamblin, GMB National Young Members Network, Cardiff North CLP, Secretary of Cardiff Trades Council, Red Labour
Vijay Jackson, Secretary of the Hastings Youth Council, Editor of the Hastings Independent Press, and Founder of Hastings Anticuts
Liam Gibbons, Bradford West CLP
Ingrid Green, Unison, Nottingham
John Husband, King’s Lynn
Peter Hospidales, Milton Keynes
Veronica Killen, UCU NEC, Hexham CLP
Professor Ruth Aylett, Heriot-Watt UCU Committee member
Edward McWilliams, Stockport
Edd Mustill, Unite NW/0152M
David Avery, Unite
Mick Bowman, UNISON Northumberland County, Newcastle North CLP
Stephen Wood, LGBT Officer, Wakefield District Unison
Kim Tunstall, Unison, Manchester
Andrew Birchall, Unite, Wigan
Cathy Nugent, editor, Solidarity
Dave Cooke, Unite, Gloucester
Dave Green, Fire Brigades Union National Officer
Mark Still, RMT, London
Mick Sidaway, Norwich RMT branch chair
John Leach, RMT London Transport organiser
Esther Townsend, Bexley local government Unison
Christopher Finneran, Manchester
Daniel Durkin, Manchester
Pamela J Thomson, Altrincham
Curtis, Unite, Manchester
Josh Petzoldt, UCL Unison
Peter North, London Transport RMT
Peter James, ASLEF, Barnsley
Steve Gurdler, ASLEF
Dean Forsyth, ASLEF (Jubilee East 272), Southend CLP
Aaron Golightly, Bournemouth
Kerry Waters
Martin Corrigan-Atkins, RMT, Weymouth
Andrew Jones, ASLEF, Mansfield
Darran Brown, ASLEF, Chorley
Michael Yates, ASLEF Worksop Branch Chairman, Bolsover CLP
Ceri Kennedy, Peterborough RMT
Maureen Phillips, Tredegar
Jean Auld
Mark Armstrong, RMT, Bridgend
Shelly Darwin, Ipswich CLP Youth Officer
Phil Garner
Jane Turner
Chris Turner
Paul Broughton, FBU
Geoff Lumley, Labour councillor, Isle of Wight
Norrette Moore, LRC
Nick Glewis
Mike Coulson
Clarence Pieris, USDAW/Unite
James Miller
Pat Byrne, BECTU, Islington North CLP, joint organiser of the campaign “For a Democratic Public Banking Service”
Carl Rowlands
Jacob Bentley
Michael Lloyd, UNITE and Blyth Valley Constituency
Tim Van Tinteren, Sheffield Midlands ASLEF
Caitlin Lunn, London
Alfred Purslow, London
Kathryn Mackridge, Unison
Kieran Miles, Croydon North CLP
Marie Chapleau, Aberdeen University Students’ Association
Chris Lennox, Wakefield Unison Health Branch
Barbara Plant, GMB and Lewisham Deptford CLP
Jac Jones, Manchester
Ray McHale, West Cheshire UNISON, West Cheshire TUC and Ellesmere Port & Neston CLP
David Peat, USDAW, Preston
David Adam Moore, Telford
Christine Roberts, Wirral Unite Community chair
Amanda Andersen, Lambeth UNISON
Sarah Kerton, Manchester Central
Anne Monk

To download this statement and our demands as a PDF, click here.

(All individual signatories in a personal capacity)