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We have no other choice: workers must fight these attacks

Issue No. 2243

The Tories are going on the offensive—and we have to fight back.

That’s why hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country will descend on London for the TUC’s historic demonstration against the cuts on Saturday 26 March.

But Labour shadow chancellor Ed Balls tells us that workers shouldn’t take action in the face of “provocation” by David Cameron.

Balls says that people do not want to go back to the big confrontations of the 1980s.

He told a TV interviewer that “the trade unions and the Labour movement need to be the responsible people”.

But working people have to fight back. We have to use every weapon at our disposal—the unions, our communities and our unity—to break the government.

The Tories say they have no choice but to cut because of the budget deficit.

But this is really about their ideology: one that hates public services and workers’ rights.

No wonder the bankers who caused the crisis have no shame.

One even mocked a demonstration of NHS workers last week by waving a ten pound note from his office window.

But we can stop the Tories, bankers and bosses making us pay the price for their crisis.

We can start by marching together on the 26th—then striking together in the weeks that follow.

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What We Think
Tue 15 Mar 2011, 18:46 GMT
Issue No. 2243
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