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Workers can push back Tory attacks

Issue No. 2294

The Tories are waging war on the working class. From selling off the health service to attacking pensions and benefits, they are determined to drive down our living standards.

Next week Tory chancellor George Osborne will unveil yet another budget aimed at shifting money from the poorest to the richest.

But the fact that David Cameron and Nick Clegg are still wrangling over the detail partly reflects how nervous they are about the possibility of resistance.

In two weeks’ time, three quarters of a million people could strike to defend public sector pensions.

This would be the follow-up to the 2.6 million-strong walkout on 30 November last year.

The strikes on 30 November boosted workers who want to see the Tories get a bloody nose.

The 750,000-strong demonstration in London on 26 March last year also showed the scale of the anger at the government.

They showed that people will fight.

And the solidarity that strikers won on picket lines showed that millions more support them.

Strikes on 28 March can do the same. A walkout by teachers, lecturers and civil service workers can have a big impact on the day.

But they can also transform what comes next.

The anger among ordinary people goes much deeper than the pensions assault.

Millions bitterly oppose the Tories’ bill to destroy the NHS, the attacks on disability benefits and council cuts.

The 28 March strike can connect with this anger.

It can give other people confidence to fight and be a stepping stone to building something much bigger.

Fear of resistance has seen the Tories make several U-turns on key policies.

It has led to Tory and Lib Dem ministers publicly attacking each other in desperate attempts to shift the blame.

The government knows its rhetoric isn’t working. It tells us that we are “all in it together” and that we all have to make sacrifices.

Yet millions can see that bankers like Barclays boss Bob Diamond, who grabbed £17 million last year, aren’t making sacrifices.

There is enormous potential for mass resistance to the government. Action on 28 March could be the springboard for that resistance.


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What We Think
Tue 13 Mar 2012, 18:13 GMT
Issue No. 2294
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