Devon
Socialist Party

Tasks


Branch Organisation

In-person branch meetings:

Our branch meetings are the main place members discuss political ideas and organise our work. That makes them incredibly important. Following the National Council branches should collectively discuss and decide how they can be part of this national strategy. In-person branch meetings will provide the best forum for that. Re-establishing face-to-face branch meetings may require an energetic search for venues, it may take a bit of discussion among members to work it out, and we may have to maintain a Zoom element where appropriate and necessary. In a few branches with members dispersed over a wide area it may not be possible every week. But in-person branch meetings provide the best means to organise effectively and we should move as far as possible in that direction.

Branch Organisation

Branch leadership:

Branch organisers and, where possible, branch committees (teams of key-organisers ideally combining experienced and newer comrades) can aid the realisation of plans and the drive towards targets, including on the crucial question of finance.

Recruitment

Time to Recruit:

The further transition to full activity and rising class struggle will apply greater pressure to our time. That means every comrade and branch has to consciously work out how they will allocate time to identify and recruit new members who can play an active role in the Socialist Party. This can include involving more members, appointing organisers, and branch discussion.

Recruitment

Socialist profile:

Given the growing openness to socialist ideas, we must fight to be visible to the young people and workers in our area, trade union, workplace, campus, etc., who are looking for a way to fight Covid austerity and capitalism, and ask them to join. The main tools for this include the paper with, where possible, attractive stalls, well-organised public meetings, an approach to social media that points people to our party, and clear slogans and demands.

Twin pillars - youth and trade union work

Young workers:

Socialist Party young members are working with others in the trade unions to build Youth Marches for Jobs on 9 October and to develop the Youth Fight for Jobs campaign, as part of the fight to further the campaign for trade union-led action against the coming attacks on working class and young people, and to build the trade union movement among young workers.

Twin pillars - youth and trade union work

Students:

Student members of the Socialist Party participated in 2020’s rent strikes and organised national action to raise the demand for free education. In 2021, given the potential for more significant student movements, we will organise bold freshers fair interventions and student members will build, with others, vibrant Socialist Student groups that are both campaigning and forums for socialist discussion. We must also reach out to young people in the schools and colleges raising the case for school student unions and socialism.

Twin pillars - youth and trade union work

Trade union caucuses and the party:

Socialist Party members in the trade unions play a key role in organising to develop and campaign for a fighting programme for workers’ resistance against the bosses and capitalism, including in the union elections. This work can be strengthened with branch support such as workplace activity and branch discussions. This autumn, our work in the NHS, where rank-and-file workers are starting to organise, and in schools, where we are fighting an election, will be important. Branches should identify one major workplace and aim for regular activity.

Twin pillars - youth and trade union work

NSSN:

The Socialist Party has been involved in building this rank-and-file trade union forum for 15 years. A body which brings together the fighting elements of the trade unions to discuss what is needed and fight for it within the unions is more needed than ever.

Working class political voice

Campaign for a new mass workers! party:

All Socialist Party members can play an important role by showing how the struggle on the electoral plane is linked to every campaign and dispute. Linked to that is the important task of convincing those we fight alongside to stand as no-cuts candidates on the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition ticket, including 16-17 year-olds in Wales!

Working class political voice

People’s Budgets:

As society continues to move on from a Covid-crisis footing, a local People’s Budget campaign could play a central role in bringing together trade union branches, campaign groups and community organisations to fight at a council level for what communities will need in the #new normal! – not the cuts to public services that Tory policies will inevitably demand.

Standing firm for socialism

COP 26:

The Socialist Party is collaborating with our comrades in Socialist Party Scotland and the CWI on a bold intervention into the protests, including in Glasgow itself, around the climate conference 31 October to 12 November. We will organise under the banner of #socialist change to end climate change! for this and other climate protests.

Standing firm for socialism

Socialism 2021:

This will be the biggest in-person socialist meeting in Britain this year – and, with the ideas we will offer for discussion, the most important. With both in-person and online workshop and rally options, every comrade can attend. Selling tickets to the workers and youth we meet in the fightback this autumn and involving them in Marxist discussion and debate is a priority for every member.

Standing firm for socialism

Develop our socialist programme:

A party-wide discussion on our What We Stand For, a summary of our fighting programme, is part of the preparation for both the Socialist Party national congress in 2022, the party’s main decision-making body, and the much bigger class struggles that lie ahead. All members are invited to engage with this, including by testing out the programme both in discussion within our branches and in campaigns, and wider reading of the Marxist classics and our publications and history. This will be part of preparing our party for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.