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Fury at Labour's support for cuts

Issue No. 2286

Barely a day goes by without the grotesque spectacle of Labour Party leaders seeking to prove they can be every bit as vicious as the Tories.

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls claimed last week that he could not promise to reverse any Tory cuts.

How did he follow this?

By endorsing Tory chancellor George Osborne’s public sector pay freeze.

Labour leader Ed Miliband supported Balls’ comments.

The party’s leadership wants to prove itself a “responsible” party of government to the bankers and big businesses.

It is ignoring the millions of workers who are suffering vicious attacks from the cabinet of millionaires.

If Labour wants to win back voters’ trust after years of New Labour betrayal it has a funny way of doing it.

Len McCluskey, general secretary of the Unite union, wrote of his disappointment with Labour on Monday of this week.

His union is affiliated to the Labour Party.

McCluskey wrote, “Unions in the public sector are bound to unite to oppose the real pay cuts for public sector workers over the next year.

“When we do so, it seems we will now be fighting the Labour front bench as well as the government.”

McCluskey is right, and other union leaders have joined him in criticising Labour.

But McCluskey has to turn his words into action.

A good start would be to ratchet up the pressure for another round of coordinated strikes.

And this should happen quickly.

The millions of workers who struck on 30 November understand that the Tories are making them pay for a crisis caused by the greed of the banks.

So why is Labour, which receives some 90 percent of its funding from the unions, so desperate to let the rich off the hook at the expense of working people?

If the deficit is of such concern to Labour, Miliband should dig into the pockets of the rich.

Top FTSE 100 directors have seen their incomes rocket by some 50 percent over the past year.

Millions of workers will feel betrayed as Labour cosies up to the bosses and the Bullingdon boys of the coalition.

We are facing class war from the Tories and need to fight back.

Labour can’t be relied on to stop the cuts.

Only mass action by workers can bring down this hated government.

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What We Think
Tue 17 Jan 2012, 18:12 GMT
Issue No. 2286
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