Gordon Brown is facing the biggest political crisis of his premiership over the abolition of the 10 percent income tax band for Britain’s lowest earners. There is now serious speculation that he could even be forced from office.
But if Brown has found himself in a hole, he has only himself to blame. It is his commitment to big business and his determination to make the poorest in society pay for growing economic turmoil that has led him into this storm.
We are both workers who have been hit by Brown’s attempts to clamp down on public sector wages – and we are both taking strike action on Thursday of this week to break through his pay limit.
We will be walking out alongside hundreds of thousands of teachers, lecturers, civil service workers, council workers and others. The strike is a great chance for workers to ramp up the pressure on the prime minister.
This is a chance all of us to put our demands – for decent pay, housing, public services and living standards – at the heart of the political storm that Brown now faces.
The attacks we face are caused by Brown’s commitment to policies of profit, privatisation and war. That’s why we need a political challenge to New Labour.
On Thursday of next week we’ll have a chance to show there is an alternative – by voting for the Left List in the London and local elections on 1 May.
The Left List is standing to represent the ordinary working people who have been betrayed by New Labour and sold short by all the mainstream parties. Together we can halt the neo-liberal drive of Brown and his cronies.
That’s why we’re calling on everyone to back our strike this Thursday 24 April – and to vote Left List on Thursday 1 May.
Oliur Rahman is a local councillor, a PCS union member and is standing for the Left List in the London elections. Sara Tomlinson is the joint branch secretary of Lambeth NUT teachers’ union. She writes in a personal capacity.