Socialist Worker

After 26 March - how do we smash the Tories?

by Tom Walker
Issue No. 2244

The TUC’s national march against cuts this Saturday will be historic.

In our hundreds of thousands, we will feel the massive power we have.

Many people will wonder: how do we take this even further and beat the Tories?

It’s great that the TUC called a national protest.

Now we need trade union leaders to use the spirit of the march to call hard-hitting action that can bring down the government.

Some groups of workers are already organising united action together.

From the national lecturers’ strikes (see page 4) to local strikes in Tower Hamlets and Camden in London (see right), workers are fighting back.

And local anti-cuts groups are growing rapidly.

In big towns and cities there are now regular demonstrations of thousands—and in smaller towns and villages new groups are springing up by the day.

There’s also the student movement, which kick-started the resistance late last year.

The key to an effective fightback is to unite these different elements—the local and the national, workers in all unions and none.

Fire

From the smallest sparks we can build a mighty fire.

In other words, smaller struggles can encourage many others who don’t directly take part—and good examples can spread quickly.

In this situation, what every activist does is important.

Where there are cuts—and there are cuts almost everywhere—take the initiative and move quickly to push for a fightback.

Not everyone who tries will manage to organise a successful protest, strike or occupation.

But if more are trying, more will break through.

Tower Hamlets and Camden show what this can mean.

Socialists among teachers and council workers in these areas argued for coordinated action from below, by calling ballots at the same time—and then a strike on the same day.

This could be done in any area, whether it’s through an anti-cuts group or a trades council or just informally between activists.

This kind of coordination is a model that can spread.

Every act of resistance will pile more pressure on the trade union leaders to launch national strikes.

Then, if activists in multiple unions can ballot over pensions, for example, it becomes only natural to ask: why not fight back together?

Why not coordinate action nationally, across unions?

If that pressure gets intense enough, it can lead to the kind of united action that really does have the power to bring down the Tory-Lib Dem coalition—a general strike.


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