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10 July strike is chance to take on the Tories

Issue No. 2409

Teachers in the NUT union on Saturdays demonstration

Teachers in the NUT union on Saturday's demonstration (Pic: Guy Smallman)


The Tories like nothing more than an opportunity to drive down living standards for working class people. Some 800,000 public sector jobs have been slashed since they took office.

And they plan to cut at least 12,000 jobs a month until 2019 —that’s 394 jobs going a day. These jobs provide an income and means to live for the workers affected. They also provide services that millions of ordinary people rely on.

But the only jobs the Tories are interested in are those that serve up profits for them and their business pals.

Labour could be offering some opposition to this. Yet the party leadership seems to pride itself on showing just how similar its policies are to those of the Tories. Labour leader Ed Miliband last week announced his answer to increasing inequality and the problems facing the poorest people in society.

His plan is to snatch unemployment benefits from 18 to 21 year olds who don’t have any qualifications. This was simply about proving that he can be as hard as the Tories on welfare, if not harder.

What does it say about the Labour Party that its leader picks on poor young people who lack education to show how tough he is?

Simmering

Go into any workplace, school or college and you’ll find people who want a real fight. They aren’t protesting every week. But there is a simmering gut hatred of the Tories among millions of people.

People are sick of the Tory attacks and want to stop them.

You could see it in the mood of the People’s Assembly demonstration last Saturday in London. It also showed people’s enthusiasm about the chance to unite and fight back. There were cheers at every mention of striking against the Tories.

Some 1.4 million people are set to strike on 10 July. It’s a massive opportunity to harness this anger and turn it into the sort of action the Tories can’t ignore. And more workers could still join the action.

Many activists have spent months fighting for national, united action. It’s now urgent to make sure 10 July is an active, militant strike that involves the maximum number of workers.

There is no time to lose. 

The conviction of Cameron’s former spin doctor Andy Coulson for conspiring to hack phones will lead to renewed crisis for the Tories. 

This is a chance to show them some real opposition. It will take more than one day to stop them. But a strong strike on 10 July can lift the confidence of workers to demand their leaders organise serious escalating action that can win.


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