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The class divide and the power of strikes

Issue No. 2098

An influential lie pushed by Gordon Brown, the Tories and most of the media, is that business bosses are “wealth creators”. Without them, we’re told, the economy would collapse.

That’s the justification for handing over £50 billion to the banks this week to make sure the obscene profits of the “wealth creators” are safe.

In contrast the majority of us – the working class – can barely scrape by. But the one thing we do have is our ability to organise. Together we can protest – and most importantly we can strike.

The hundreds of thousands of workers fighting against Labour’s attacks on pay this week show the power of striking. The frantic response to the threat of oil refinery workers at Grangemouth stopping work for two days also shows that power.

It’s time we made our union leaders put their members’ interests above their loyalty to New Labour so that this power is used more often.

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What We Think
Tue 22 Apr 2008, 18:32 BST
Issue No. 2098
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