The working class in Britain faces an avalanche of cuts. The spending review on 20 October must be met with outrage and action, not paralysis and surrender.
We need to raise the level of the fightback and push towards the scale of resistance seen in France.
That means fighting every job cut and attack on services now.
It means building local anti-cuts groups and the Right to Work campaign.
It means making sure the TUC national demonstration in March is a huge show of defiance and a springboard for mass action.
It means solidarity between students and workers, and uniting community and workplace struggles.
Union leaders have to be pushed to encourage action and to coordinate strikes.
PCS union general secretary Mark Serwotka was right when he said this week, “For months, we’ve all been told that public service workers must lose their jobs, have their pay frozen or have their pensions cut in order to pay for an economic crisis that we did not create.
“But there doesn’t need to be a single job or pension cut or a single income reduced. What about rich people and companies, who avoid paying £120 billion worth of tax each year, being asked to pay their way?”
Winning such demands will take a huge battle—but the Tories and their Lib Dem partners in crime can be beaten.
Their wobbles over child benefit cuts show that they are scared of provoking revolt.
We must make that revolt a reality. And the best way to focus all the strands of resistance would be for the TUC to call a general strike.