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Our ‘share’ of cuts should be 0 percent

Issue No. 2205

THE TORIES and the media peddle a great lie. Cuts are inevitable, they say. The only debate should be about precisely which services get slashed and how many hundreds of thousands of jobs go into the mincer.

“Take this medicine or Britain will go bust,” wrote Max Hastings in the Daily Mail on Tuesday.

He went on to praise David Cameron for his attempt to “reconcile the British people to the painful changes in our national life which are coming soon to a lot of places near you”.

We need to confront head-on the idea that ordinary people should pay a single penny to cover the handouts to the bankers.

Unfortunately TUC general secretary Brendan Barber gave comfort to the Tories with his remarks about the cuts this week.

While attacking Cameron, Barber said, “Of course there are some savings that can be made” and that “everyone—including the wealthy—should pay their share in reducing the deficit.”

It’s not about “everyone paying their share”.

It should be the rich and big business who pay 100 percent, the working class 0 percent.

That’s true in Britain, and it should be the message across the whole of Europe as great battles continue over who pays for the crisis. This week millions of Spanish workers struck against the cuts.

Freeze

A few days earlier Romanian workers had come out in great numbers against plans to slash public sector wages by 25 percent.

Well, at least they won’t do that here, some say. But if inflation is 5 percent or more (as it is at the moment) and there’s a wage freeze, then in four years pay has fallen in real terms by almost 25 percent.

We won’t get to the sort of revolts we have seen in Greece by a very gradual process of slightly larger and larger protests.

Just as the economic crisis goes through turning points and leaps, so does resistance.

Socialist Worker urges every reader to play their part in making budget day, Tuesday 22 June, a day of fightback everywhere.

Right to Work campaigners are organising with trade unionists across Britain for protests outside workplaces, town halls and city centres, with broad forces.

These protests can provide a focus for the thousands of people who want to believe that there is an alternative.

We need to unite in every city, town and borough—trade unionists, students, pensioners, tenants and any left MPs and councillors who want to fight—and form united fronts against the cuts.

We also need to organise networks of solidarity—for the BA cabin crew and anyone else who fights, and for every anti-cuts campaign.

Every union branch, campaign, delegation of workers and individual that takes part on 22 June can be the nucleus of much bigger revolt in the future.


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Tue 8 Jun 2010, 18:43 BST
Issue No. 2205
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