Socialist Worker

What kind of action can win the pensions battle?

by Judith Orr
Issue No. 2302

The pensions dispute refuses to go away.

Each time it appears the strikes may have lost their momentum, workers show their determination to keep fighting.

But many are asking if they can win.

The long gaps between strikes mean they can become more like protests that the government can ride out.

We need a sustained programme of strikes to force the Tories to back down. That means more workers striking and for more than one day.

The mass strike on 30 November was widely supported.

That day showed the potential for this fight to become one the whole working class could get behind.

The stakes are high. If the government wins on pensions it will open the door to the next round of attacks.

It was a mistake that only teachers and lecturers in London struck on 28 March.

It’s also a mistake that this week the NUT teachers’ union is not striking and that not all Unite health members will be out.

All unions that have rejected the deal should join future strikes.

There is a great desire for unity from workers.

But union leaders have sometimes used this to undermine a fight and postpone action.

The government is not in good shape following local elections.

Every activist must fight organise for an even bigger militant strike in June.


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