Happy New Year from everyone at USi! We hope you had some peace over the festive period. Let’s make 2013 the year we stand together in solidarity and fight for social justice across the world. Watch the video:   Or listen to the podcast: [powerpre …

Walton Pantland

Happy New Year from everyone at USi! We hope you had some peace over the festive period.

Let’s make 2013 the year we stand together in solidarity and fight for social justice across the world.

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2013 was a difficult year for trade unionists and social justice campaigners. Austerity is tightening its grip on the political consensus, and the rich are using the crisis as an opportunity to shift more wealth in their direction by reducing social and labour costs. Societies are being torn apart as a result.

However, we have also learned valuable lessons: we can fight back, and if we stick together we can win. In the end, there are only two types of power in the world: organised money, and organised people. We don’t have the cash, but we have the numbers, and more and more people across the world are standing up to say that the system isn’t working for them, and that we need to build an alternative, human-centred economy.

We have also shown that we can make a difference: through your donations and branch affiliations, we have been able to fully fund an organising campaign in the brick kilns of India.  Despite violent repression, this has already resulted in wage rises and improved conditions for workers.  Thank you!

We need to use the resources we have to give a voice to the people who are most affected by the rising tide of barbarity. This is why we are now raising £3,000 to make a documentary about the women in Greece imprisoned for being HIV positive. This is going well, and we have about half the money we need – but a small donation from you would make a big difference.

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We all have a lot of work  to do this year. As Owen Jones argues eloquently in The Independent, we need to fight back now or leave a radically different and more brutal world.

You’ll be hearing from us a lot this year as we work to bring campaigns and struggles together, and keep activists encouraged and networked with each other.


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Walton Pantland

South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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