CANCELLED: Public meeting: Ecuador’s Economic Miracle – putting people before profit

Public meeting

We are very disappointed to announce that the public meeting on Thursday 26 June is cancelled.

The Ecuadorian Minister who was due to speak has had to cancel his agenda in Britain at the last minute due to issues with his visa to enter Britain beyond his control.

He will not be able to attend the meeting so sadly we have had to cancel. We are very disappointed and apologise for any inconvenience. We hope to reschedule the event in the near future.

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Ecuador’s Economic Miracle
Putting people before profit

With Andrés Arauz, Ecuadorian Vice Minister responsible for economic and social development

Thursday 26 June, 7pm
Venue: Unite the Union, 128 Theobalds Rd, London WC1X 8TN (Nearest tube Holborn)

To register click here 

Ecuador is being today transformed by progressive policies that put people first. These are delivering free healthcare and free education, tackling poverty and creating a more equal society. 
Yet just over a decade ago things were very different. Then a massive banking crisis caused an economic collapse. Unemployment rocketed and one in ten people left their country to escape the crisis.
Ecuador’s Citizen’s Revolution – led by President Rafael Correa – has changed all this. Ecuador is today experiencing strong economic growth and even during the global economic crisis, there was no recession in Ecuador. Ecuador now has the lowest unemployment rate in its history. 
Challenging the ideas behind austerity economics, a huge programme of public investment is the motor of Ecuador’s economic growth and its building of a more inclusive society. Four times more is spent on health and education than a decade ago after Ecuador scrapped the illegal debt owed to international financial agencies and devoted this instead to public services. 
Ordinary people are benefiting from all this change. Ecuador has reduced reducing inequality faster than any other Latin America country in recent years through measures to ensure that wealthiest can no longer avoid paying taxes and by creating a nationwide Living Wage. 
As a result, the United Nations ranks Ecuador as one of the three countries in the world that has most advanced human development in recent years. 
All these changes are popular with President Correa and his coalition of supporters winning 10 sets of elections since 2007. 
Come and find out more about how Ecuador shows there is an alternative.
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Justice for Ecuador – join the global day of action against Chevron on 21 May

Dirty Hand of Chevron photo-call

Wednesday 21st May
5.45-6.15pm
Parliament Square, SW1A 0AA
(meeting point: Statue of Nelson Mandela)

Dirty hand

Oil giant Chevron-Texaco has been found guilty of causing one of the world’s largest environmental disasters in the Amazon area of Ecuador. Oil contaminated waste, jumped over decades, created a social disaster for the poor farmers and indigenous people who use the rivers for drinking and bathing.

Momentum is now growing behind the campaign for justice for Ecuador. Hollywood actors Mia Farrow and Danny Glover are the latest in a long line of supporters including Brad Pitt, Sting, Cher and Bianca Jagger. In Britain, musicians, artists, politicians, trade unionists, environmentalists and academics have been taking a stand. See http://friendsofecuador.co.uk/statementsignatures/

In a landmark legal case the Ecuadorian courts ordered Chevron to pay billions in compensation to the affected communities. But Chevron refuses to pay up. Instead it is spending millions challenging the legal rulings and is even seeking to make Ecuador responsible for any compensation. If successful, that could seriously harm public spending on health, education and other services.

On 21 May as part of a Global Day of Action against Chevron, we will be exposing this injustice by dipping gloved hands into Chevron-Texaco oil replicating the iconic symbol of solidarity made by celebrities, journalists and politicians who have visited the affected Amazon area and placed their hand into the oil polluted waters to reveal the truth about Chevron’s actions.

Join us on the Global Day of Action and demand justice for Ecuador.

10 key achievements of Ecuador’s Citizen’s Revolution

Ecuador is today being transformed by progressive social and economic reforms known as the Citizen’s Revolution. Led by President Rafael Correa, this is tackling the deep crisis caused by years of extreme and devastating free-market policies that were forced on Ecuador and the rest of Latin America.

President Correa was first elected to office in 2007 in the aftermath of huge turbulence in Ecuador. Seven different presidents had been replaced in a decade. A massive banking crisis caused economic collapse. Unemployment rocketed and one in ten Ecuadorians left their country to escape the crisis.

As we mark the seventh anniversary of President Rafael Correa being elected to office in Ecuador we look at some of the major achievements the Citizen’s Revolution has delivered in that time.

1. An expanding economy: even though President Correa came to office on the eve of the global economic crisis, Ecuador has grown by an average 4.2% over the past seven years.

2. Eradicating poverty is now a priority: over 1.1m have been taken out of poverty since 2007 with poverty down one third, from 37% to 26%.

3. Tackling inequality: economic growth now works for the majority with Ecuador having reduced economic inequality faster than any other Latin America country in recent years.

4. Free education for all: All children now get to go to school for free. University student numbers have also soared thanks to free university education being guaranteed in the Constitution. Ecuador now has the second highest levels of public investment in higher education in the world.

5. Healthcare for all: free healthcare is now guaranteed and three times as many medical consultations now take place than in 2006. Under President Correa, public health investment has totalled $9bn – three times more than spent by the previous four governments combined.

6. Tackling hunger: the proportion of underweight children has been halved and 40% fewer children suffer from stunted growth caused by malnutrition.

7. Decent work and a living wage: Ecuador now has the lowest unemployment rate in its history at 4.9% and the lowest in Latin America. For the very first time, the minimum wage now covers the value of a basic basket of goods, whereas it only covered 68 % of this in 2006.

8. Greater social protection: over 1.2m more families are now protected by social security than in 2006.

9. Huge public investment: Ecuador’s economic growth and greater social inclusion has been led by a programme of public investment works that are modernising the country. Public investment is up three fold to 15% of GDP.

10. Clamping down on tax evasion: Ecuador now raises three times more in taxes than in 2006. It has done this by clamping down on tax avoidance so that the wealthiest now pay their share.

These changes have been endorsed regularly at the ballot box. President Correa and his coalition of supporters have won nine elections since 2007 including a landslide 57% in the 2013 presidential election.

Download the leaflet outlining these achievements: 10 achievements of Ecuador’s Citizen’s Revolution.

British civil society calls for justice for Ecuador against Chevron

Below, Friends of Ecuador publishes an open letter from prominent signatories in support of the Ecuadorian people who have been fighting a 20 year legal battle against oil company Chevron. They are seeking compensation for the severe oil damage that an Ecuadorian court has found Chevron guilty of causing. You can add your name here.

Oil damage in the Ecuadorian Amazon

We deplore the on-going attempts of Chevron to avoid paying compensation to the communities in the Ecuadorian Amazonian severely affected by the oil giant’s dumping of billions of gallons of toxic waste there over decades.
Between 1964 and 1990, oil company Texaco – which merged with Chevron in 2001 – caused one of the world’s greatest environmental disasters. The oil in the waste product dumped in the Ecuadorian Amazon over this period is estimated to be 30 times the amount spilt in the Exxon Valdez disaster.
This created a social disaster for the poor farmers and indigenous people living there by contaminating the rivers used for drinking, bathing and fishing.
Twenty years ago, tens of thousands of local people organized themselves and filed private legal actions to demand compensation. Twenty years on justice is still being denied.
After decades of campaigning, in 2011, an independent Ecuadorian court ordered Chevron to pay billions in compensation and remediation.  
But this corporate giant refuses to pay and reports indicate that Chevron is spending hundreds of millions of dollars – more than it has paid on any clean-up – on lawyers and political lobbying. It has even taken action against Ecuador seeking to make it liable for any compensation that Chevron must pay, a move that if successful could devastate Ecuador’s public spending on health, education and other services.
As we mark the 20th anniversary, its time Chevron compensated the Amazon communities for the vast damage it caused.

Signed
Ken Livingstone
Bianca Jagger
Baroness Sue Miller, Liberal Democrat
Natalie Bennett Leader, Green Party of England and Wales
Professors Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson, co-authors of The Spirit Level
Brian Eno, musician
Chris Williamson MP
Peter Kennard, artist
Bruce Kent, peace campaigner
Owen Jones, writer and commentator
Linda McAvan MEP
Catherine Stihler MEP
Jean Lambert MEP
Claude Moraes MEP
Elaine Smith MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament
Neil Findlay MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament
John Finnie MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament
Jenny Rathbone AM, Welsh Assembly Member
Julie Morgan AM, Welsh Assembly Member
Julie James AM, Welsh Assembly Member
Mike Hedges AM, Welsh Assembly Member
Mick Antoniw AM, Welsh Assembly Member
Darren Johnson AM, London Assembly Member
Grahame Morris MP
Baroness Jenny Jones and London Assembly Member
Michael Mansfield QC
Louise Christian, human rights lawyer.
Richard Harvey, Lawyer, Garden Court Chambers
Professor Bill Bowring, Barrister and School of Law, Birkbeck
John Hilary, Executive Director, War on Want
Nick Dearden, Director, World Development Movement
Tony Juniper writer, campaigner and environmental advisor
Sarah Burton, Director of Programme Functions, Greenpeace International
Rodney Bickerstaffe
John Williams, guitarist
Drew McConnell, musician
John Pilger, filmamker
Ken Loach, filmaker
Victoria Brittain, writer and journalist
Lowkey, musician
Linton Kwesi Johnson, poet
Dr Ha-Joon Chang, Economist, University of Cambridge
Professor Doreen Massey
Professor Robin Blackburn, author
Grazia Ietto-Gillies, Emeritus Professor of Applied Economics, London South Bank University
Dr Kaveh Moussavi Moussavi, Associate Research Fellow, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford,
Dr Michael Derham, Northumbria University.
Dr Steve Ludlam, University of Sheffield
Dr Julie Hearn, University of Lancaster
GC Harcourt, economist
Dr Francisco Domínguez, University of Middlesex
Dr Diana Raby, Senior Fellow, University of Liverpool
Dr Nick Potts, Southampton Solent University
Michael Joffe, Professor of Economics, Imperial College
Dr Andy Denis Department of Economics, City University London
Stephanie Pearce, Doctoral candidate, Queen Mary University of London
Dr Peter Lambert, University of Bath
Dr. Steve Keen, Author, Debunking Economics
Professor Francesco Pezzella Oxford University
Dr Julia Buxton, Swansea University and CEU Budapest
Andrew Simms, New Economics Foundation
Ann Pettifor, economist
Richard Gott, writer and author
Hugh O’Shaughnessy, author and journalist
Billy Hayes, General Secretary CWU
Steve Turner Assistant General Secretary, Unite
Bob Crow, General Secretary RMT
Sally Hunt, General Secretary UCU
Gerry Morrisey, General Secretary BECTU
Megan Dobney, Regional Secretary of the TUC in London
Doug Nicholls , General Secretary GFTU
Tony Woodhouse, Chair Unite Executive Council
Bert Schouwenburg, International Officer, GMB
Neal Lawson, Director Compass
Kate Hudson General Secretary, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Sue Branford, Latin America Bureau
Maggie Bowden, General Secretary Liberation
Lindsey German, Convenor ,Stop the War
Martin Mayer, Unite Executive Council and Labour Party NEC member
Juan Carlos Piedra, Ecuadorian Movement in the UK
Matt Stanley, National Union of Students National Executive
Aaron Kiely, NUS Black Students Officer
Enrico Tortolano, campaigner and researcher on Latin America
Bernard Regan SERTUC International Committee Chair
Chris McLaughlin, Editor TRIBUNE.
Pablo Navarrete, film-maker
Ellie Mae O’Hagan, columnist

British MPs sign motion on justice for Ecuador against Chevron

Over thirty MPs have backed a motion in the UK parliament calling on oil company Chevron to pay compensation to tens of thousands of Ecuadorians, following a huge environmental catastrophe in Ecuador which a court found was the oil company’s responsibility.

The motion – backed by 32 MPs from 8 separate parties – was submitted in November as the campaign for justice of the Ecuadorian people reached its twentieth anniversary. In 1993 thirty thousand Ecuadorians launched a legal action against Chevron accusing it of causing severe pollution with devastating affects on the population. An Ecuadorian court found Chevron guilty in 2011 after a protracted legal fight but compensation has still not been paid.

Chris Williamson MP who submitted the motion said:“This is clearly a grave case of injustice. After 20 years of struggle, we need the world to shine a spotlight on Chevron’s actions and bring pressure to bear so that justice is finally served”.
The full parliamentary motion states:
“That this House notes the huge environmental and social damage caused by oil giant Chevron-Texaco in the Ecuadorian Amazon; further notes that Chevron-Texaco admits to dumping billions of gallons of toxic waste into the Ecuadorian Amazon between 1964 and 1990; is concerned that this contaminated the rivers used by local people for drinking, bathing and fishing resulting in numerous health issues for the people living there; believes this is one of the world’s greatest environmental disasters with the oil dumped estimated to be roughly 30 times the amount spilt in the Exxon Valdez disaster; is concerned that Chevron-Texaco never carried out a meaningful clean up; congratulates the 30,000 local people who organised themselves into Amazon Defence Front and filed legal action against Chevron-Texaco to demand compensation; regrets that over the past 20 years Chevron-Texaco has not settled but used its financial advantage to oppose providing any compensation to the Amazonian communities; further notes that after decades of campaigning in 2011, an independent Ecuadorian court ordered Chevron-Texaco to pay $19 billion in compensation to the affected people; is concerned by reports that Chevron-Texaco has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in legal and lobbying fees to prevent compensation being paid; further notes that in contrast BP established a $20 billion fund to settle claims following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill; and calls for Chevron-Texaco to settle the compensation payment to the Amazon communities for the damage caused.”

New Coalition in support of Ecuador’s Citizen’s Revolution launched.

A new coalition in Britain, Friends of Ecuador, was launched in October.
The group has been launched in order to raise awareness about the social progress underway in Ecuador and to build links between the Citizen’s Revolution in Ecuador and its counterparts in different sections of British society.
Ecuador is today undergoing a deep social transformation through the Citizens’ Revolution, led by President Rafael Correa, which is advancing incredibly progressive economic, social and environmental policies. These achievements are set to continue over the next four years following the landslide victory earlier this year of Rafael Correa in the Presidential election with 57% and a two-thirds majority in the parliamentary elections.
At its first meeting Friends Of Ecuador also laid out plans to speak out against oil giants Chevron’s attempts to avoid its responsibility for the environmental destruction caused in Ecuador.
The Coalition came out of a series of public meetings and public statements in support of the Citizens’ Revolution that showed a growing interest in the progressive developments in Ecuador.
The Coalition has been supported by prominent signatories including former London Mayor Ken Livingstone; Labour MP Chris Williamson; Welsh Assembly Member Jenny Rathbone; Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Europe’s largest trade union UNITE; prominent authors Robin Blackburn, Richard Gott and Hugh O’ Shaugnessy; the UK Green party and Maggie Bowden General Secretary of the social justice campaign Liberation.

 The aims of Friends of Ecuador are:
 ·        To provide accurate and up-to-date information in support of the expansion of democracy and social progress in Ecuador under the Citizens’ Revolution.
·        To build links between different sections of society and their Ecuadorian counterparts including between politicians, academics, trade unions, different  communities, students and others
·        To counteract media misrepresentation about the situation in Ecuador
·        To oppose any undermining of Ecuadorian sovereignty and any threatened military aggression or other foreign interference in Ecuador’s internal affairs
 
Referring to the launch of the Coalition, Ken Livingstone, former Mayor of London said:
“Ecuador’s progressive policies are showing that there is an alternative to the failed neo-liberal model. Friends of Ecuador will help raise awareness about these inspiring development and build support for them in Britain”
 
Dr Francisco Dominguez, Joint Author of Right-wing Politics in the New Latin America: Reaction and Revolt said:
Whilst some governments in other parts of the world engage in cuts and privatizations, Ecuador is investing in its people, providing healthcare, education, jobs and a living wage for all.
Winning election after election, President Correa is showing that progressive governments can be democratic, popular and successful.
We have to ensure that people from all sectors of society in Britain – students, academics, politicians, trade unionists, women’s movements -get to know about these developments, and offer their support against those who seek to overturn this social progress as we have sadly seen so often over the years.”
 
Juan Carlos Piedra, Co-ordinator, Ecuadorian Movement in the UK
“Like thousands of Ecuadorians living in the UK, I am proud of the social change that is happening in Ecuador under President Rafael Correa. After decades of bad government, the majority now have a government that puts their needs first. I look forward to the Ecuadorian community living in the UK joining with others from across society to strengthen solidarity with the Citizen Revolution.
For more information contact friendsofecuadoruk@gmail.com
ENDS
 

Rafael Correa campaigns against oil giant Chevron

Ecuador’s President seeks a global boycott of Chevron over its refusal to pay up on a £11.8 billion judgement against it

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa launched a campaign this week seeking a global boycott of oil giant Chevron over its refusal to pay up on a £11.8 billion judgement against it.

He visited a jungle waste site, stuck his hand in oil and lifted it for the cameras to publicise his campaign called “Chevron’s dirty hands.”

Mr Correa met his Argentinian counterpart Cristina Fernandez during a trip to Buenos Aires on Thursday amid concerns that his new campaign against Chevron could harm relations between the countries.

But Ecuador’s president said such concerns were unfounded and Ms Fernandez would have acted exactly as he did if she had been Ecuador’s leader.

However, hopes of collecting on the £11.8bn judgement by an Ecuadorean court against Chevron for contamination of the Amazon have suffered a setback.

A three-judge UN arbitration panel in The Hague ruled earlier this week that an agreement signed in 1995 by Texaco, which Chevron later purchased, released the oil giant from responsibility from any claims of “collective damage.”

But the interim ruling by the permanent court of arbitration left open the possibility that Chevron could be liable for damage incurred by individuals.

Chevron has been fighting in courts on three continents against the 2011 judgment and award for contamination caused by a Texaco-led consortium in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest between 1972 and 1990.

Chevron says it will not pay, maintaining that Texaco addressed environmental problems before Chevron acquired the company in 2001.

Both sides have accused the other of fraud.

Chevron has no assets in Ecuador, so plaintiffs have sought to force payment in Canada, Brazil and Argentina, so far without success.

Chevron lawyer Hewitt Pate claimed that the new ruling “confirmed the fraudulent claims against Chevron should not have been brought in the first place.”

But Ecuador Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino responded that “Chevron continues its campaign of lies” by claiming that the Hague tribunal absolved it of responsibility, which was not the case.

The next arbitration hearing in The Hague will address Chevron’s claims that the judgement against it was fraudulently procured.

 Published in the Morning Star on Friday 20th September 2013

Celebrating Ecuador’s Citizens Revolution

Ecuadorians go to the polls today to elect their President (17 February 2013).

Ecuador is today being transformed by radical social and economic reforms known as the Citizens Revolution. Led by President Rafael Correa this process is tackling the deep crisis caused by years of extreme neo-liberal policies forced on Ecuador under the Washington Consensus.

President Correa first came to office in 2007 in the aftermath of huge economic, social and political turbulence in Ecuador. Seven different Presidents were replaced in a decade. A massive banking collapse caused income per head to fall by one-third. Unemployment rocketed and one in ten Ecuadorians was forced to emigrate to escape the crisis.

Today, in contrast, the Citizens Revolution offers Ecuador a new development model that has already delivered major achievements. A tripling of social investment in just five years has significantly boosted economic growth and meant that Ecuador never entered recession despite the global slowdown. One million Ecuadorian households have been lifted out of poverty and 450,000 children have been taken out of child labour.

The right to decent work means that unemployment has almost halved and is now at its lowest ever levels, the minimum wage has doubled and outsourcing has been made illegal. The huge increases in social spending are guaranteeing free education, including at university level, free healthcare and better public services for all.

These tremendous advances are all the more impressive given that they have taken place against the backdrop of the global economic crisis.

At the same time a new constitution, backed by popular referendum, now guarantees human rights and equality for the once-excluded as well as granting rights to nature. Ecuador is also at the forefront of ground-breaking environmental measures.

In achieving all of this in South America’s third poorest country, the Correa government has had to challenge the previous elites that dominated Ecuador for decades. Sovereignty over the country’s oil and other natural resources has been recovered from the hands of multinationals. Ecuador has repudiated the punishing debt owed to international financial institutions that meant three times as much was being spent on debt repayment than on social services. Tax collection from the very wealthy has increased in order to fund social projects and Ecuador has shut down the USA military base in the country.

Fierce opposition to all of this has come from the old elite and its international allies. A coup d’état was even attempted in 2010. Fears of external intervention to affect the likely outcome of the coming election have been recently expressed by President Correa. At the same time media misrepresentations about Ecuador have increased, with much of this disinformation stemming from those opposed to Ecuador’s progressive new direction.

The Presidential election will be the 8th free and fair nation-wide electoral process in the past 6 years. There are seven candidates but polls indicate that the main contest is between President Rafael Correa and Guillermo Lasso, a former head of one of Ecuador’s largest banks. Correa is polling firmly in the lead.

We believe that, as with other developments in Latin America, Ecuador’s Citizens Revolution, offers an inspiring alternative to the failed policies of neo-liberalism. We are certain that a further victory for the Citizens Revolution will allow the Ecuadorian people to continue expanding social justice.

We believe that it is the right of the Ecuadorian people to pursue this path if that is their wish and that any external intervention should be condemned.

SIGNED
Ken Livingstone
Chris Williamson MP
Ian Davidson MP
Virendra Sharma MP
Katy Clark MP
Grahame Morris MP
Kelvin Hopkins MP
Baroness Sue Miller of Chilthorne Domer, Liberal Democrat Peer
Elaine Smith, Member Scottish Parliament
Denis Skinner MP
Paul Flynn MP
Jeremy Corbyn MP

Tariq Ali, author
Richard Gott, author
Owen Jones, author and writer
Brian Eno, Musician
Ken Loach, filmmaker
John Pilger, filmmaker
Linton Kwesi Johnson, poet

Louise Christian, award-winning British human rights lawyer.
Tim Potter, Barrister
Michael Mansfield QC, barrister
Imran Khan, human rights lawyer

Professor Ernesto Laclau, Professor Emeritus of Government at the University of Essex,
Professor Doreen Massey, Emeritus Professor (Geography), The Open University
Professor George Irvin, Uni. of London, SOAS
Professor Jonathan Rosenhead, Department of Management, London School of Economics
Dr Peter Lambert is Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Bath
Dr Stephen Wilkinson, Chairman international institute for the Study of Cuba
Dr Thomas Muhr, Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol
Professor Bill Bowring, Barrister, Director of the LLM/MA in Human Rights, School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London
Dr J Buxton, Peace Studies, Bradford University
Professor Mike Cole, Emeritus Research Professor in Education and Equality, Bishop Grosseteste University
John Weeks Professor Emeritus SOAS, University of London
Dr Stephen Wilkinson, Chairman International Institute for the Study of Cuba, London Metropolitan University
Diana Raby, Senior Fellow, Latin American Studies University of Liverpool
Professor Peter Hallward, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University
Dr Francisco Dominguez,
Dr Lee Salter, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, University West England
Dr Michael Derham, Programme Leader Spanish and Latin American Studies, Northumbria University, Newcastle -upon-Tyne
Dr Julie Hearn, Lecturer, Department of Politics, Philosophy & Religion (PPR), Lancaster University
Dr. Mehmet Ali Dikerdem, M/DProf Programme Leader, Institute for Work Based Learning, Middlesex University,
Dr Steve Ludlam, University of Sheffield

Len McCLuskey, General Secretary UNITE
Billy Hayes, General Secretary CWU
Manuel Cortes, general Secretary, TSSA Union
Bob Crow, General Secretary RMT
Mick Whelan, General Secretary ASLEF
Ronnie Draper, General Secretary, Bakers Food & Allied Workers Union
Doug Nicholls, General Secretary, General Federation of Trade Unions
Bert Schouwenburg, International Officer, GMB,
Luke Crawley, Assistant General Secretary, BECTU
Roger McKenzie, Assistant General Secretary UNISON
Tony Burke, Unite Assistant General Secretary
Steve Turner, Director of executive policy, Unite the union,
Tony Kearns, Senior Deputy General Secretary, Communication Workers Union
Andrew Murray, Chief of Staff, Unite the union,
Martin Mayer, UNITE executive council member, Chair United Left, & Labour NEC delegate
Moz Greenshields, UNISON NEC
Beranard Regan, Chair of SERTUC International Committee and Secretary of the CSC
Joe Mann President GFTU
John Fray Vice President GFTU

Ann Pettifor, economist
Neal Lawson, Chair, Compass
Bruce Kent, leading peace activist
Lindsey German, Founder of Stop the War Coalition
Chris McLaughlin, Editor TRIBUNE
Aaron Kiely, NUS Black Students’ Officer
Rob Miller Director, Cuba Solidarity Campaign
Colin Burgon, Chair Venezuela Solidarity Campaign
Luke Daniels, President of Caribbean Labour Solidarity
Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign
Matthew Willgress, Convenor VSC
Zita Holbourne, National Co-Chair BARAC UK and PCS union NEC
Jose Vallejo Villa, Regional Coordinating Officer, Unite the UNION
Michael Burke, Socialist Economic Bulletin
Lee Brown, researcher on Latin America
John Haylett, Morning Star political editor
Cat Smith, Convenor, Next Generation Labour (PC)
Pav Akhtar, Director, UK Black Pride
Sam Gurney, Labour Party National Policy Forum