Update: after a fuss, the motion was taken and passed overwhelmingly!
As we reported, Labour Campaign for Free Movement activists have succeeded in getting a radical pro-migrants’ rights, pro-free movement, pro-working-class solidarity motion (see text below) onto the agenda of Labour Party conference – or so it seemed.
Now LCFM says that the Conference Arrangements Committee has left the motion off the conference agenda!
We urge all delegates and Labour members and supporters to protest to the CAC and help overturn what looks like a serious stitch up: CAC@labour.org.uk
Composite 20 – Immigration
Free movement, equality and rights for migrants, are socialist values and benefit us all.
Confronted with attacks on migrants – from the racist Hostile Environment to the Conservatives’ Immigration Bill that plans to end free movement and strip the rights of working-class migrants – we stand for solidarity, equality and freedom.
Scapegoating, ending free movement and attacking migrants’ rights are attacks on all workers. They make migrant workers more precarious and vulnerable to hyper-exploitation, pressing down wages and conditions for everyone. They divide us, making it harder to unionise and push back.
Labour offers real solutions to fix the problems which are unfairly and incorrectly blamed on migrants themselves: public funding for good jobs; homes, services and social security for everyone; scrapping anti-union laws to support workers organising for improved conditions and wages. Migrant workers are already central to trade
union campaigns beating low pay and exploitation, in spite of prevailing attitudes and Tory legislation.
Labour will include in the manifesto pledges to:
• Oppose the current Tory immigration legislation and any curbing of rights.
• Campaign for free movement, equality and rights for migrants.
• Reject any immigration system based on incomes, migrants’ utility to business, and number caps/targets.
• Close all detention centres.
• Ensure unconditional right to family reunion.
• Maintain and extend free movement rights.
• End “no recourse to public funds” policies.
• Scrap all Hostile Environment measures, use of landlords and public service providers as border guards, and restrictions on migrants’ NHS access.
• Actively challenge anti-immigrant narratives.
• Extend equal rights to vote to all UK residents.
Mover: Camberwell and Peckham CLP
Seconder: Edinburgh Central CLP
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