At Trades Union Congress 2023, leading trade unionists came together at The Morning Star fringe event, building on an inspiring year of industrial action.
"The drive to close ticket offices in the name of profits is clearly a political decision of this out-of-touch Tory government" - Mick Lynch, RMT General Secretary.
"A 93% ‘Yes’ vote for strikes on a turnout of 85% shows that our members are in this for the long haul" - Mick Whelan, ASLEF General Secretary.
The 'Solidarity * Struggle * Socialism' conference saw hundreds of left activists come together, discussing key issues from supporting strikes to building an ethical foreign policy.
"Senior managers in our industry take home huge salaries; rail operators have paid dividends to their shareholders right through the pandemic... the claim that there's no money left to pay rail workers properly is just not true."
"For the rail firms, it is like negotiating with a brick wall – and Grant Shapps is the mason who built it. To the public, this brick wall is invisible. And Grant Shapps would prefer that nobody knows it exists."