Constitution of CWI 1974

The Constitution of the Committee for a Workers' International (1974)

[Scanned from Michael Crick's The March of Militant - source: CWI Bulletin No. 1, July 1974.]

The objective of the CWI is to create a single worldwide organisation linking together all the proletarian and revolutionary militants in the world who accept its principles and programme, on the basis of the traditions of democratic centralism at local, national and international level, and of united action.

The CWI consists of affiliated national sections whose aim is the creation over the next period of mass revolutionary workers' parties.

Every section is based on the platform and accords with the structure defined and established by the Conferences of the CWI.

The Conferences of the CWI are the highest body of the organisation, and its decisions are binding on national sections.

An international Conference will be held at least every two years, and if possible annually. Each fully affiliated national section will be represented equally by three voting delegates, regardless of the size of the section. Individual members of affiliated organisations who come from countries where no section yet exists may attend as full delegates, to a maximum of three from each country.

Additional members of national sections, and sympathisers from countries where no section yet exists, may attend the Conference with the approval of a majority of voting delegates, with full speaking rights and consultative votes.

An International Executive Committee (IEC) shall be established, consisting of one member nominated by each of the most important national sections. The IEC will meet every three months, and will have the power to co‑opt additional members.

Each national section must pay to the IEC the equivalent of £5 per member per year.

An international bulletin will be published every three months, to which each section must contribute regular material.

The most important documents of each section must be circulated to the other affiliated organisations.

The IEC may call seminars, camps, cadre schools, etc, to which all members and sympathisers are invited.

This Constitution comes into force on 21 April 1974 and may be amended by a simple majority of voting delegates at future Conferences.

Adopted unanimously by delegates from established organisations in Britain, Ireland, Sweden and Germany, and by individual members from Spain, Ceylon, Pakistan, Jamaica and Iraq.