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Politicians want a coalition for cuts - we need a coalition of resistance

Come to the Right to Work conference 22 May, back the strikers at British Airways

Issue No. 2201


The votes have been counted, but it’s the bankers and big business who are ruling Britain.

Whoever you voted for, all the politicians are agreed that workers everywhere must now accept wage curbs, job losses and public service cuts in order to keep the rich happy.

The talks about a government coalition in Britain have seen arguments about everything—except the need to impose cuts.

As the BBC’s economics editor Robert Peston put it, “Investors want a stable government perceived to be tackling the record public sector deficit in a serious, substantial way.

“Only in those conditions will they continue to lend cheap money to the state.”

Giving in to this disgusting blackmail will only encourage more demands.

When politician after politician speaks about “the national interest”, they mean the interests of those who own and control industry and those who move trillions around the money markets.

While the bosses and their tame MPs want a coalition for cuts, we need a coalition of resistance.

Workers need to support each other and coordinate their strikes. Trade unionists, students, the unemployed and pensioners need to stand together.

We can’t let racism and anti-immigrant feeling divide us.

That means backing every fightback—especially high profile strikes like the ones at British Airways.

And it means organising networks of resistance and solidarity. That’s what the Right to Work conference on 22 May is about.

Workers are fighting back together in Greece. We need to do the same here.


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Tue 11 May 2010, 17:13 BST
Issue No. 2201
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