|Issue:||Volume 2, Number 4|
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|Subjects:||Shell to Sea|
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This document joins other Labour Youth publications in the Archive. The content is broad ranging – and framed by the then near-imminent general election in the Republic. Hence the front cover graphic outlining Labour Youth’s priorities for government, including ‘US Military out of Shannon’, ‘Abolish All College Fees’, ‘Free GP Care for All’ and the slogan, Why a vote for Labour is a vote for labour values.
Insider there is an election focus on various election candidates. There’s a report from the Labour Youth Conference. There are pieces on ‘ending the Cuban Blockade’ and ‘Stopping Violence Against Women’. There’s also an article on John McDonnell’s standing for the BLP leadership and about ‘Reclaiming British Labour’.
Perhaps the most indicative piece is on the Labour Youth Conference and their 10 Point Plan for Government.
The mandates established at Conference set the tone for another active, campaigning year in the organisation. Featured among the national issues discussed were the bin tax, child poverty, same sex marriage, Shell to Sea, and the pro-choice campaign, while international affairs included motions on Cuba, Belarus, and the upcoming leadership election in the British Labour Party. Crucially, Youth Conference also unanimously affirmed its support for non-violent direct action as a legitimate tactic in these campaigns and others that the organisation has been involved in over the past year.
With the general election looming however, party issues and electoral strategy proved a particularly topical issue among delegates. Internal party democracy was a common theme, with much debate centring on how best to ensure that Labour Youth policy is transferred to the policies of the main party, and that our priorities are included in the Labour Party manifesto for the upcoming general election. The “Seize the Power” initiative was encapsulated in the motion proposed by last year’s National Youth Executive, which outlined ten key areas for the incoming officers and activists around the country to campaign on for inclusion in both the manifesto and in any possible programme for government. These priorities were drawn from all aspects of Labour Youth policy, and included U.S. military landing in Shannon, the abolition of all college fees, and the introduction of legislation guaranteeing the right of workers to union recognition in the workplace.
The current pre-election pact with Fine Gael also came under fire from delegates during the course of the Conference. The largescale opposition that exists in LY for the arrangement was shown clearly with the resounding approval received by Dublin South West Labour Youth’s motion on election literature. The motion called explicitly for members not to participate in the distribution of material that called for a transfer to the Fine Gael party, and clearly reaffirmed Labour Youth’s preferred independent electoral strategy as outlined in last year’s policy document “Towards an Alternative Politics”.
Also outlined were the 10 points.
Conference called on Labour in Government to:
Remove the US Military from Shannon
Stop Privatisation of our Public Services
Introduce Free GP Care for all
Introduce same sex marriage and adoption rights regardless of sexual orientation
Legislate for the X Case and hold referendum for safe, free & legal abortion in Ireland
Introduce legislation to give workers the right to union recognition
Abolish all full and part time college fees
Remove religious ownership and control from educational institutions
End public funding for private schools
Increase social housing and repeal Part 2 of the Planning & Development Act 2002