Socialist Worker

Disgrace as Ed Miliband crosses pickets

Issue No. 2281

Ed Miliband should have been on the picket lines on Wednesday with striking public sector workers. But instead he was crossing them.

The Labour leader entered parliament past striking workers.

Miliband has long proclaimed his opposition to strikes and his opinion that they are always a “sign of failure”.

But such talk is an insult to millions of workers who have supported and voted Labour and expect it to be on their side.

Miliband was forced to shift on strike day itself.

He would not condemn “the dinner ladies, nurses, teachers who have made the decision to go on strike”, he said.

“I am afraid the government has got to accept responsibility that it is their failure that has led to the strikes today.”

Workers taking action against the Tories’ attacks expressed outrage at Labour’s attitude. Adam Jenkins is a park ranger for Bromley council and Unite branch secretary.

He told Socialist Worker, “These Tories want to go back to the Thatcher years, but Labour is useless as well. We give Labour our money, it’s their life blood. Labour should be here supporting us today.”

A minority of left wing Labour MPs and councillors did make a principled stand and declare their support for the strikers. But the leadership has made its position clear.

If striking workers are looking for solidarity then they won’t find it from the likes of Miliband.

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