The overarching highlight of the conference was the general atmosphere of positivity and energy, reflected in lots of brief conversations and the overall buzz. This really makes me feel like it was worth the hard work over the last 9 months. I have no doubt that a major source of that atmosphere springs directly from the positivity of the Lucas Plan itself, and of the attitude of the trade unionists that created it.
Obviously, for me a major highlight was the honour of making the presentation to them. Honoured is an over-used word, but I was really moved by having Phil, John, Mick and Ron at the conference, the presence in spirit of Mike Cooley, Brian Salisbury and Bob Dodd and the opportunity for us to show them how we felt.
I could have chosen many more highlights, but I decided to limit myself to 3, so I’ve picked the workshop on automation. I’ve been trying for a number of years to get trade unionists and others together to address this issue, and it’s been very hard work. Although there were clear differences of opinion in the workshop it was a great discussion, and almost everyone expressed their willingness to take the conversation forward. One particular idea is a ‘workers inquiry’ on the subject; I’ve had a questionnaire drafted for couple of years but have lacked the time and trade union contacts to take that forward. Now I certainly feel like I have some of the latter and hopefully we can build on the networks that we started to create yesterday.
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