Conference and annual general meeting agenda
Saturday 13th June, 1pm – 6pm UCL Chadwick Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Dear SARU supporters:
In violation of the Minsk-2 ceasefire agreement, Kiev has recently renewed its attacks against the peoples of the Donbass. The situation, already dire, is one of increasing suffering, death and destruction. Not one world leader at the recent G7 summit meeting in Germany spoke out against the Kiev regime, preferring instead the false narrative of blaming Russia. Please join us at our conference and annual general meeting to hear speakers from the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, the trade union movement and Solidarity with the Antifascist Resistance in Ukraine (SARU). We will discuss what we can do to show solidarity and campaign against the UK government’s role in supporting the slaughter and the fascist elements in Ukraine.
Agenda (updated June 12)
13:00 – 13:15 — Registration
13.15 – 13.20 — Introduction, Alex Gordon (RMT & SARU Trade Union Liaison Officer)
13:20 – 14:15 — Ukraine – epicentre of the new Cold War
Chair: David Ayrton (Chair, SARU Steering Committee ) Andrew Murray (CPB) Lindsey German (Stop the War) Jorge Martin (IMT & SARU Steering Committee) Richard Brenner (Left Unity, Workers Power & SARU Steering Committee)
14:15 – 15:30 — The situation in Ukraine and the urgent need for solidarity
Daria Morozova (Human Rights Ombudsman – DNR) via Skype Alexei Alexandrov (Supreme Soviet DNR) via Skype Cde Makeevka (Miners Union DNR) via Skype Victor Shapinov (Borotba) via Skype Alexey Markhov (‘Ghost’ Battalion) via Skype
15:30 – 16:00 — Break
16:00 – 16:30 — The situation in Ukraine and the urgent need for solidarity (continued)
Chair: Alex Gordon Eddie Dempsey (RMT & SARU Steering Committee & participant in antifascist forum in Lugansk) Anatoly Khmelevoy (Chair of the Transport Workers Union DNR) via Skype
16:30 – 17:30 — Building a solidarity movement in Britain and beyond
Chair: Alex Gordon Bridget Dunne (Secretary, SARU Steering Committee) Davey Hopper (General Secretary, Durham Miner’s Association) Jeff Slee (RMT Executive Committee for South East) Giles Shorter (Bristol SARU) Tim Geering (Southampton SARU) Tomasz Pierscionek (Newcastle SARU) Greg Butterfield (Solidarity with Ukraine Antifascists Committee) video message
17:30 – 18:00 — Organising SARU for the year ahead
* Amending and approving SARU’s aims *Finance report *Election of Steering Committee *AOB
* Members of affiliated groups, organisations, trade unions and affiliated individuals will be able to vote in these sessions. You can affiliate to the campaign at registration or via our website.
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