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How we can stop the cuts

Issue No. 2224

The spending review is a declaration of war on the working class. Let’s start the fightback.

  • Make the demonstrations against the cuts on Saturday as big and as angry as possible. The larger they are, the greater workers’ confidence to resist.
  • Fight for every job and service under attack. Wherever there’s a job cut, move quickly to call a union mass meeting and launch resistance.
  • Argue for unity and solidarity. The Tories try to divide and rule by blaming immigrants and people on benefits—but they didn’t cause the crisis.
  • Ensure maximum support for any workers who strike. For example, firefighters and tube workers in London have called strikes. Take collections, visit their picket lines.
  • Push trade union leaders into calling local and national strikes, coordinated as far as possible. The best way to stop the Tories is a general strike.
  • Build local anti-cuts groups and the Right to Work campaign. Every area needs to call anti-cuts meetings, protests, lobbies and marches—and Right to Work can help coordinate a national network of resistance.

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Join the protests this Saturday, 23 October

  • London: Assemble 11am, RMT office, 39 Chalton Street, NW1 1JD and march to TUC for a rally.
  • Scotland: STUC protest, Edinburgh, assemble East Market Street 11am.
  • Yorkshire & Humber: Sheffield Town Hall, 12.30pm. Right to Work feeder march—11am Sheffield University student union concourse

For full list of protests go to'> List of protests over cuts this Saturday

Unity, not scapegoating

  • March against racism, fascism and Islamophobia, Saturday 6 November, 12 noon Malet Street, London. Called by Unite Against Fascism and Love Music Hate Racism. Supported by TUC and Muslim Council of Britain. For full details go to

Send reports/pictures of your protests to

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