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London strike shows the mood to fight - now we need escalation

Issue No. 2296

The thousands of teachers and lecturers who were set to strike in London on Wednesday are keeping the spark of resistance alight.

They should have been part of a national strike involving 700,000 other workers against the Tories’ attacks on public sector pensions.

The angry reaction of rank and file trade unionists at their leaders for pulling the national action shows there is still a mood for a fight. But there needs to be a strategy to win.

More unions striking for more than one day is what is needed to defeat the Tories.

That means getting national action back on. And it means escalation, not retreat.

This won’t be easy. The pulling of national action on 28 March was a serious setback.

The Tories smelt fear—and they will take advantage of any sign of weakness.

Every activist has to go all out to demand from their union leaders that new strikes are called.

Delegates to the National Union of Teachers conference next week will need fight to win a vote for a national strike in April.

As new scandals swamp David Cameron his government becomes increasingly vulnerable. Every day it is exposed as being of the rich, for the rich.

Millions of workers are sickened by each new revelation and they want to see resistance.

If we fight together we have the power to win.

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What We Think
Tue 27 Mar 2012, 17:53 BST
Issue No. 2296
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