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Unity with workers is vital to beating Tories

Issue No. 2229

Protesting in Whitehall  (Pic: Smallman )

Protesting in Whitehall  (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Millions of people who live in fear of what the Tory spending cuts will do to their families and communities cheered Wednesday’s protests.

The demonstrations show the depth of anger that many working class people feel, and point to the kind of militant action necessary to beat the government.

Students can be the detonators for a much wider revolt.

We need the spirit of rebellion seen on the streets of Britain this week to spread.

It needs to be found in the workplaces where thousands worry that their jobs are on the line, and to communities were public services are going to be decimated.

If our trade unions were to take up the Tory’s challenge in the same way as the students, the government’s days would be numbered.


Capitalism depends on workers to make its profits and run all the services that it depends on.

Strikes by workers under attack, co-ordinated action and, best of all, a general strike would paralyse the country and create a political crisis.

David Cameron and his lying Lib Dem mates would be shaken to the core.

Making such action a reality is not easy. It depends on students joining every protest against cuts and supporting every strike, taking their bravery and radicalism with them.

And trade unionists should invite students to address meetings to help inspire their colleagues.

In every workplace, activists need to call for union leaders to be starting the fight now.

It was this kind of unity that helped spread the 1968 student revolt in France to the factories leading to the biggest general strike in European history.

That’s a lesson that millionaire Tories hoped we’d forgotten, but one that it is vital that we recall.

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