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We need to unite the fightbacks

Issue No. 2190

There's a chance to pull together the fightback over cuts and job losses early next month.

As Socialist Worker went to press we didn’t know the result of the civil service workers ballot but it was expected to be a yes.

The PCS union was likely to call national strikes on 8 and 9 March.

If so, all other unions should try to coordinate their fights with the PCS.

It would be great to have British Airways, civil service workers, college lecturers and everyone else who has a live ballot out together.

They could hold joint rallies and demonstrations, and gain confidence from the sense of solidarity.

It would be a powerful message that working people are prepared to resist paying for the crisis.

The danger is that trade union leaders call off or restrain the fightback now in order not to “rock the boat” in the run up to the election. That path leads to demoralisation and is more likely to put David Cameron in Downing Street.

We are a long way from the scale of resistance in Greece, where the cuts are much deeper.

But we should start arguing now that workers need to unite in action in the face of the offensive from bosses and politicians of all stripes.


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Tue 23 Feb 2010, 19:25 GMT
Issue No. 2190
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