- What is the structure of the Workers Party?
- How is the Workers Party different from other parties?
- I was a remain voter in the 2016 referendum, can I join the party?
- Is there a link between George Galloway and Nigel Farage?
- I am on a low income, how much does membership cost?
- I am unemployed/retired, can I join the Workers Party?
- How can I manage my subscription to the party?
1. What is the structure of the Workers Party?
The Workers Party has a National Members Council (NMC) that was elected at our Founding Congress in December 2019. This Council is made up of 40 plus elected and co-opted members and is our leadership body in between Congresses. The Council meets quarterly. The Party Congress elected a Leader, Deputy Leader and General Secretary, who are the backbone of our leadership team, with the Head Office located in Birmingham.
The Head Office runs the day-to-day affairs of the party. National, Regional and District Secretaries are appointed by the NMC or Head Office. Our party is in a period of growth and development, and as such many of our structures and branches are in the process of formation. The base organisations are local branches. To be a branch secretary a member must formally apply and be approved by the Head Office. The current list of registered party branches is below.
2. How is the Workers Party different from other parties?
The Workers Party has been formed in opposition to the British Labour party, which no longer represents the British working class, and from its inception sought to reconcile the interests of the British working class to those of the British ruling class.
The Workers Party is opposed to the myriad of ‘socialist’ parties in the UK, the majority of which are from the Trotskyist tendency, practice entryism inside the Labour party, and are in open hostility to all countries that attempt to build socialism.
3. I was a remain voter in the 2016 referendum, can I join the party?
Yes, our party was founded partly as a response to the failure of the left to provide and articulate a left Brexit position.
Not everybody in the party is going to agree on Brexit, but it is a done deal. We can accept you may have adopted a position of remain; the question is whether you can accept our position, as one that is subordinate to the overall question of working for socialism in Britain.
If so, you are very welcome to join.
4. Is there a link between George Galloway and Nigel Farage?
George Galloway was the prominent left voice for Brexit. In that role, he spoke on platforms with those with whom he shared no position other than the goal of withdrawal from the European Union.
Temporary alliances are necessary in politics all the time, and the failure of the ‘left’ to understand this question has been a major weakness of socialists and progressives in Britain for many years – a confusion that is actively encouraged by the ruling class.
5. I am on a low income, how much does membership cost?
Membership is set low at £5 a month – less than 15 pence a day – to minimise barriers to entry. For those who are still unable to afford this, affiliate membership is free.
Affiliate membership means we’ll keep in touch with you about party news and meetings and speak to you about getting involved in local activities. However, affiliate members won’t be able to attend private meetings or have the right to vote or stand for election to the Members Council.
6. I am unemployed/retired, can I join the Workers Party?
The Workers Party is here to represent the working class. Unemployed workers, retired workers, disabled workers are all very welcome to join.
If you need to earn wages to survive, and cannot live off the exploitation of others’ labour-power, you are a member of the working class. If you are unable to work because of a disability, you are a member of the working class.
If you live and work in Britain, no matter where you are from, you are a member of the British working class.