- What is the structure of the Workers Party?
- How is the Workers Party different from other parties?
- Will the party be holding regional meetings for members?
- Will the Workers Party be fielding candidates in future local and national elections?
- What are the Workers Party online Zoom events on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and can I participate?
- 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?
- What is your relationship to The Communists?
- 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. There are two full time paid officers, one part-time officer and two unpaid full time officials on our Organising team. 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The Workers Party has been formed in opposition to the British Labour party, which no longer represents the British working class, and from its inception sought to reconcile the interests of the British working class to those of the British ruling class.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. Will the party be holding regional meetings for members?
Regional meetings have been held in some areas, and after coronavirus-related restrictions are lifted, we will be organising regional and city members’ meetings and continuing with our programme of public meetings.
In the meantime, if you are interested in participating in online regional meetings, contact the Head Office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Will the Workers Party be fielding candidates in future local and national elections?
Yes, the party is open to applications from prospective candidates in local and national elections. Candidates will need to comply with the candidate selection process and fulfil the requirements as set down by the Workers Party.
In May 2021 the party has stood more than 40 candidates for local elections in England, on the list for the Senedd and in Scottish parliamentary elections as a part of the Alliance 4 Unity.
5. What are the Workers Party online Zoom events and can I participate?
Our online public meetings are open to the public to view on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, and are broadcast live, usually on a Wednesday evening at 8.00pm.
If you are a registered member of the Workers Party, you will receive an email each week detailing how to participate. If you are not seeing your emails, please check your junk and promotions folders and add the party to your safe senders list.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. What is your relationship to The Communists?
The Communists (CPGB-ML) have a long history of working with George on various issues. In 2019, The Communists stood alone with George on many questions, not least the defence of the Brexit referendum result and opposition to Labour’s treachery on this question.
Together with others from many political backgrounds, we formed a new socialist party for working-class people, one that was economically radical, pro-Brexit, with an independent foreign policy and focused on class politics.
The Workers Party wants communists to play an active role, and we’re appealing to British workers, whether they have formerly been in the Brexit party, Ukip, the Labour party, a socialist organisation or none, to get involved with and build this party.
Read the About section of this website, tune into our public meetings every Wednesday at 8.00pm, and catch up with our old meetings on YouTube. If you’d like to meet local members, email email@example.com to be put in touch.