Resistance to attacks on our jobs and services has begun.
Groups of workers and campaigners are fighting back – and some are coordinating their action.
The Right to Work campaign, alongside other activists, has called protests across Britain on budget day, next Tuesday 22 June.
And lecturers in higher and further education, from seven education trade unions across Britain, will take part in a Day of Dissent against education cuts next Monday, 21 June.
They will hold protests, stalls, picnics and mass leafleting.
Lecturers at the University of the Arts London, the University of Sussex, City College Birmingham and Wolverhampton College will all strike on the day (see » Colleges strike back).
And resistance can win.
Lecturers at King’s College London struck for three days – including the day of the general election – and won a halt to compulsory redundancies.
Jim Wolfreys, president of the lecturers’ UCU union at King’s, told Socialist Worker, “Our dispute shows how we can defend education.”
Management has agreed to a four-month consultation on jobs, but lecturers have kept the option of resuming their action in September if this is used to push through redundancies.
Management at the Institute of Education in London backed down from imposing compulsory redundancies after workers voted for strikes.
RMT members on the London Underground who work for Tube Lines will strike for 48 hours from Wednesday next week. The strike could shut down the tube network.
Their colleagues working for Serco Docklands will also strike on the Wednesday.
Right to Work protests on 22 June have won broad support.
Sheffield Labour Party has backed the local protest. Councillors will join workers for a demonstration and rally backed by four South Yorkshire trade unions and a number of union branches.
Islington, north London, will be a borough of protest on 22 June.
Teachers at St Alyoisius school in Islington will strike on the day over safety. They will join activists to protest outside the town hall in the evening.
There will be workplace protests across the borough.
Activists from the Defend Whittington Hospital campaign will hold a lunchtime protest outside the hospital against cuts.
In Scotland, Right to Work has organised protests in Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh. These are backed by six trade unions and a number of trades councils and campaign groups.
In Glasgow lecturers and students from Stow College are joining the protest.
Katherine, a student involved in an anti-cuts campaign at the college, told Socialist Worker, “There is a coordinated attack, and we need a coordinated response.”
The civil service workers’ PCS union has called on members to hold protests across Britain on budget day.
London PCS members will demonstrate outside the Revenue & Customs head office off Whitehall, demanding that the government collect the billions in unpaid taxes by the rich.
PCS executive member Andy Reid told Socialist Worker, “Members are taking action and linking up with trades councils and other trade unionists. We are going to have to do much more as the cuts intensify.”
PCS members will protest outside the Revenue & Customs office at Euston Towers, the Passport Office and the British Library – among others – before joining the Whitehall protest.
Right to Work has called a protest outside Downing Street from when George Osborne leaves to announce the budget.
The unity, solidarity and networks forged so far will be essential in the battles to come.
MPs were voting on whether the budget will be at 12.30pm or 3.30pm as Socialist Worker went to press.
If it is at 12.30 the London protest will be from 11am. If it’s at 3.30pm it will be from 1.30pm.
For updates go to » www.righttowork.org.uk