The debates at this year’s trade union conferences have shown that workers are determined not to let the Tories make them pay for the crisis.
The fight to defend public sector pensions looks set to reignite in the autumn. There is a groundswell of support for more united strikes after the summer.
Then we might see half a million teachers striking. This could pull other unions into taking action alongside them.
Time after time workers across the public sector have shown their determination not to give up this fight—despite the stalling of some trade union leaders.
And the promises to fight over pay are an opportunity to open up another front against the government. All these struggles can come together in the mass demonstration against austerity called by the TUC on 20 October.
Mobilising committees are being set up in towns and cities across the country to build this demonstration. They involve different unions and both public and private sector workers.
We can defeat the Tories’ plans on pensions. The government is weak and constantly buffeted by crisis and divisions. The coalition is becoming increasingly fragile.
All over Europe austerity is being challenged. This is a fight that we can win.