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The Tories want Blood: We need a fightback

by Paul McGoay, PCS Ips group president (pc)
Issue No. 2209

Paul McGoay

Paul McGoay

The Tories have declared war on the working class—and it is the biggest struggle we have faced since the mid-1980s, when the miners took on Margaret Thatcher.

The plans to slash government departments’ budgets by up to 40 percent represent a massive cut to public services, which millions of people rely on.

The attacks will destroy services and throw the economy from recession into depression.

The government announced this week that it wants to make it easier to sack civil service workers by massively reducing our redundancy payments.

The PCS union has already struck for three days this year against the Labour government’s attacks on the Civil Service Compensation Scheme.

The High Court then ruled in the union’s favour that the changes were illegal.

But the Tories are coming back for more.

PCS union reps were meeting this week to discuss the steps we need to take to resist the onslaught we face.

The only thing that can stop the Tories is industrial action

co-ordinated across the unions.

It is very positive that union leaders are calling for joint action, but we need a groundswell of pressure from rank and file members to ensure that there is a huge fightback.

Every trade unionist needs to throw their weight behind the Right to Work demonstration at the Tory party conference in Birmingham on 3 October.

This can help create the groundswell for the concerted resistance to the cuts that is needed to end this bloodthirsty Tory-Liberal coalition.

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Tue 6 Jul 2010, 17:36 BST
Issue No. 2209
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