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Across Europe, this is one fight

Issue No. 2253

The austerity plans of Europe’s elite are devastating lives, pushing economies further into crisis—and sparking mass protests.

The bailouts of Greece, Ireland and Portugal came with harsh measures that have led to further economic collapse and a slide in living standards.

The world’s ruling class is terrified that Spain will be the next country to need a bailout.

Its economy is almost twice as big as Greece, Ireland and Portugal’s combined. If it collapses it will have a massive impact on the global system.

Its banks are highly exposed to bad debts and it has a 20 percent unemployment rate.

Jose Zapatero’s Socialist Party government has imposed huge cuts. Anger at this has provoked the incredible scenes across Spain in the last week as people rose up to demand change.

The workers and students of Europe are involved in one fight against our rulers’ attempts to force us to make sacrifices to save their system.

Mass opposition has brought down the Irish and Portuguese governments, while a series of general strikes have resisted the Greek government’s programme.

In Britain, chancellor George Osborne and the Tories have subscribed to the ruling class’s consensus.

We need to join the Europe-wide resistance to this.

The brilliant 500,000-strong TUC demonstration on

26 March showed the huge potential to mobilise millions of people against the Tories and their cuts.

And the plans for coordinated strikes by 800,000 public sector workers on 30 June are the next step in the fight.

Every socialist must organise to make this the biggest possible “day of rage” against the government.

People who are not in the unions that will strike on the day can act in solidarity with those who are—visiting picket lines, joining demonstrations and taking part in direct action.

Thursday 30 June can be the trigger for an even bigger wave of strikes in the autumn, as more unions plan to join the fight then.

We need action by millions of workers and others to force the government back, and ultimately drive it from office.

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What We Think
Tue 24 May 2011, 17:59 BST
Issue No. 2253
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