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Put People First: Trade unions show glimpse of their power

Issue No. 2145

Last Saturday saw the biggest trade union protest in years. Thousands of workers marched through London as part of the Put People First demonstration before the arrival of the G20 leaders for their London summit.

They were joined by students, anti-war activists, anti-capitalists and anti-poverty campaigners, showing the scale and breadth of support for a fightback over jobs.

It came as big business and the Tories demanded austerity measures to reduce Britain's growing budget deficit.

Final salary pension schemes in particular are being targeted. But there is also a chorus demanding the public sector pay freeze be continued. The bosses will try to use this recession to undermine pay, conditions and much else.

They will continue the neoliberal blame game of dividing workers, by encouraging hard pressed manufacturing workers to resent public sector workers for their supposedly fat wage packets.

The best way to resist this is to back the jobs march called by the Unite union in Birmingham on 16 May.

It comes just weeks before a generation of school and college leavers will be joining the dole queues or competing for crap jobs. It also comes prior to the European elections in which the BNP Nazis hope to gain from this crisis.

We must unite to fight every job cut.


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What We Think
Tue 31 Mar 2009, 20:31 BST
Issue No. 2145
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