“You can’t trust Starmer’s Labour Party – we need a new mass workers’ party”. Young members of the Socialist Party in London led a loud and colourful contingent at the People’s Assembly demo on Saturday 26 June.
We called for jobs and homes for young people, industrial action for a 15% rise in the NHS, and a new party of the working class to draw all the struggles together. Young people on the protest left their contact details with the Socialist Party, and some joined our end-of-protest discussion in St James’s Park.
Called on a myriad of issues, the central London march lacked a unifying slogan and next steps. Placards and rally speakers demanding a ‘new normal’ and ‘Tories out’ left mostly open what is needed and how to win it.
Unfortunately, this, and a lack of union mobilisation, led to a modest turnout for a national event – perhaps a few thousand. This underlines the point we took part to make.
Workers and young people need fighting trade union leaderships, and clear demands for a working-class political alternative. Our members campaigned energetically for those ideas on the march. If you agree and want to help – join the Socialist Party.