Motions of the month

Every month we will publish a model motion for use in branch Labour Parties and CLPs, as well as trade unions, student Labour Clubs, Momentum groups, etc.

As well as the motion we are focusing on in a given month, we want to publish a growing stock of motions for people to use/adapt/get inspiration from, so please send us

• Motions you’ve passed or are planning to put (with information about where it was passed/will be put).
• Requests or ideas for motions on any subject.

Send to theclarionmag@gmail.com

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MOTION OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH 2017

Support the Derby school support workers!

Passed by Broxtowe CLP’s GC on 23 February

This motion backing the the Derby school support workers was passed at Broxtowe (Nottinghamshire) Constituency Labour Party’s GC meeting on 23 February. Please pass a similar motion in your ward, CLP, union branch or other organisation; make a donation; and call on Labour’s NEC to take action.

This Constituency Party gives its full support to the Derby Teaching Assistants after 57 days of strike action in their dispute with the Labour City Council to stop wages being reduced by up to 25% and their contracts being rewritten.

This Constituency Party is outraged and condemns the actions of Derby City Council.

We recognise that Derby City has faced massive cuts due to the Tory Government; however it should be taking the fight to them, not attacking workers’ pay. It should also be working with Unison about the matter.

We call on other Labour Constituencies and local MPs to do the same as we are and ask that the Party’s NEC condemn the Council’s actions which are bringing the Party into disrepute and damaging the Party’s electoral credibility amongst the low paid in this region.

• The CLP also donated £500 to the dispute fund.

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Stop cuts and growing divisions in education

This motion was passed at Tooting CLP in March 2017 

This CLP notes:

That schools in England and Wales face cuts of up to £3bn by 2019-2020.

Wandsworth will see cuts of £18m and with the rest of London being targeted, as London schools received extra funding during the last Labour government, to improve, what was at the time, a problem of underfunding.

Approximately 5% of local authority schools are in budget deficit now and schools locally are already making cuts.

The cuts are taking place at the same time that a new generation of grammar schools are being funded.

As 43,000 teachers left the profession (or 1 in 10 teachers) in one year, the highest level in more than a decade, this underfunding will very probably lead to many more being forced out and leave an extra burden on an already overburdened profession.  

The extremely successful leafleting campaign of Wandsworth schools initiated by the Labour Group of Councillors and the petition launched by our MP.ore teachers

This CLP believes:

That many of the improvements seen in (some) schools over the last couple of decades are under threat if cuts are made.

That the Labour Party should work with the education trade unions, where applicable and possible to protect public services from cuts and privatisation.

That a fully funded, publicly provided, democratically owned, comprehensive education service is a goal for any Labour government.

This CLP resolves:

To campaign against all cuts to school budgets and seek to build links with the trade unions and campaigns, friendly to the Labour Party locally, in achieving this aim.

To work closely with the Labour Group on Wandsworth Council, Rosena’s Office and Battersea and Putney CLPs in developing and implementing the campaign.

To call on the Wandsworth Council to lobby their government to drop these cuts to Wandsworth and London schools and instead learn from the “turn around” in many London schools due to the extra funding initiated by the last Labour Government and spend equivalent money in the rest of the country (where a shortfall exists) to bring these schools up to the levels achieved in London.

To call on Wandsworth Council to facilitate, in collaboration with schools leaders and the teaching unions, the creation of a Fair Workload Charter for teachers in schools and encourage local schools to sign up to it.

To encourage local Young Labour activists to participate in the campaign and engage with school students.

To oppose new grammar schools, free schools and academies and campaign for well resourced, adequately funded, non-academically selected, locally managed schools.

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Defend migrants’ rights and freedom of movement

… notes

1. Growing agitation against migrants, from racist street violence to increasingly “acceptable” discourse from politicians.

… believes

1. That Labour should be the party of all workers in the UK, wherever they were born.
2. That giving ground to anti-immigration views will only strengthen the nationalist right further.
3. That immigration is not the cause of stagnating wages, services stretched to breaking point or the housing crisis. Deliberate policies on behalf of the government and employers are.
3. That migrant workers have been at the forefront of many inspiring struggles to improve the situation of precarious and low-paid workers in Britain.
3. That we must combine tactfully but firmly challenging the idea that immigration is a problem with bold pro-working class policies that can win support for an agenda of solidarity and hope against the dominant agenda of scapegoating and fear.

… resolves

1. To celebrate the role of migrant workers in the labour movement. Labour should make a big effort to get migrant workers, students, etc, to join.
2. To call for the party to
• stand strong and fight to defend and extend freedom of movement and migrants’ rights.
• fight hard to protect migrants’ rights, workers’ rights, social provision and environmental protections from the attacks on them that the Tories’ Brexit plans will involve.
• campaign boldly to unite communities to win increased resources in order to guarantee decent homes, services, jobs and workers’ rights for all.