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The unions must stand up to Blair

by Charlie Kimber
Issue No. 1867

THE BLAIR regime is on the rocks. If it goes down it will be a crushing blow against the policies of New Labour.

The trade unions could make Blair go the same way as Alastair Campbell.

The unions meet at the TUC conference next week and have a golden opportunity to finish off this lying, anti working class government led by war criminals.

They should not only pass motions against the war, foundation hospitals, tuition fees, the pensions robbery and the government's treatment of refugees. They should call for a storm of protest against Blair and make sure he is challenged from the left, not the right.

But, trampling on the feelings of the vast majority of union members, TUC leaders have asked Digby Jones to speak. He's the head of the CBI bosses' organisation.

Jones gave two interviews this week. He denounced unions for fighting 'yesterday's battles', for obstructing public sector reform and for having a 'no, no, can't, shan't' attitude.

He should get a smack in the mouth from the unions, not a handshake.

Bob Crow, leader of the RMT rail union, rightly said, 'Jones represents the very interests that working people need to defend themselves against. The CBI would like to modernise the economy back to the Victorian era.'

Everyone who hates Blair's Tory policies should be pushing the unions to fight. A good start would be for every union to give full support to the postal workers battling for decent pay and against job losses.

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Sat 6 Sep 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1867
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