The Communist Party political committee met on Wednesday 15 December

The Political Committee condemned attacks on public sector pensions. The proposals need to be viewed in the context of being part of a wider package of cutbacks in the public sector which Gordon Brown set out in his pre-budget report earlier in the month said Steve Silver in his political report to the committee.

Steve Silver restated the party's call for a second state pension for working people with compulsory employer contributions and the restoration of the link between the state pension and earnings.

Moves by trade unions to coordinate a public day of action in defence of pension rights for public sector workers was seen as something that deserved the broadest support.

Steve Silver welcomed George Galloway's libel action victory against the Daily Telegraph. He said "that there were no depths to which the establishment would not stoop to justify the imperialist war in Iraq."

The meeting called for the swift withdrawal of British occupation troops along the lines of the recent Spanish withdrawal and also for solidarity with the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions and the Iraqi Communist Party in their efforts to restore economic and political control to the Iraqi people.

Speaking about the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine, Steve Silver said that the intervention by outside forces in the Ukrainian elections were a gross violation of the country's national sovereignty and only assisted reactionary forces there.

"Pro-fascist, anti-Russian extreme nationalists who draw inspiration from the period of the Nazi occupation of Ukraine have been emboldened and highly active during the recent events" Mr Silver told the meeting.

He also welcomed the arrests of leading BNP members but said that ultimately the only way to defeat fascism is by grassroots campaigning in workplaces and communities.

The committee called for support for the TUC conference in solidarity with Iraqi trade union movement being held early in the new year and for all progressives to mobilise for the Stop The War Coalition national demonstration on 19 March.

  • Literary works cannot be taken over like factories, or literary forms of expression like industrial methods. Realist writing, of which history offers many widely varying examples, is likewise conditioned by the question of how, when and for what class it is made use of.
    Bertholt Brecht Playwright and Poet (1898-1956)
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