The Labour Party Annual Conference starts on Sunday 25 in Liverpool. The conference takes place as the Ukrainian people are fighting for their freedom from Russian Imperialism.
The National Union of Mineworkers, which is affiliated to the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign, has submitted a motion to the Labour Party Conference on Ukraine. It sets out a clear policy for the Labour Party to support the Ukrainian people and what they need to win.
The NUM motion was drafted in consultation with trade unions and democratic socialists in Ukraine. On Sunday delegates will vote to decide what motions can go through to be considered at the conference. We appeal to all delegates to vote for the NUM motion and ensure conference can discuss the solidarity the Ukrainian people need.
Motion Title: Ukraine
Motion ID: 1287
- That Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to tens of thousands of deaths; nine million fleeing Ukraine and ten million internally displaced; horrendous war crimes and human rights abuses by Russian forces.
- That Russia’s war, waged by a power that oppressed Ukraine for centuries, is unjustified, unprovoked imperialist aggression.
- For the sake of democracy and resisting growing authoritarian tendencies globally, Ukraine must win.
- That Western governments have not yet given Ukrainians sufficient weapons to liberate their country and bring peace to Ukraine.
Conference condemns all who would seek to exploit the cost-of-living crisis to undermine support for Ukraine.
To declare solidarity with the people of Ukraine and their labour movement who are resisting the invasion.
- That Labour will campaign for:
a. A free united Ukraine, with any peace deal determined by the people of Ukraine.
b. Increased military aid necessary to enable Ukrainians to free their country, including modern tanks, aircraft and artillery.
c. Justice for victims of war crimes, including POWs killed.
d. Lifting of restrictions on refugees fleeing Ukraine.
e. A socially progressive reconstruction in which trade unions and civil society are properly recognised and can democratically participate.
- That the party will also:
a. Promote Ukrainian trade union fundraising appeals for aid
b. Encourage CLPs to invite Ukrainian labour movement speakers.
c. Call a National Day of Action, ‘Labour Supports Ukraine’