Bob Williams-Findlay wrote:
People are dying, people are living in fear for their lives; what fucking good will more gobshite from Miliband and the TUC do them?
These are strong words but appropriate and we fully share in Bob’s anger, frustration and desperation. This just can’t go on any longer.
It is imperative that this time things are different.
After the March 26th ‘March for the Alternative’ in 2011 PCS Union went on national strike on June 30th. The strike turned public opinion in the union’s favour.
The union was able to demonstrate that all the Tory lies about ‘Gold-Plated Pensions’ was pure nonsense and that what the ConDem junta’s pension proposals were really all about was a ‘race-to-the-bottom’ and another raid on the pensions pot.
Even Jeremy Warner, assistant editor of Britain’s right-wing Daily Telegraph was clear on that point.
Then on November 30th last year we had the magnificent one-day general strike.
The biggest since 1926.
And then, Dave Prentis and others capitualted and agreed to accept Francis Maude’s ‘heads of agreement’, which effectively put an end to the dispute before Christmas.
General Secretaries, including Mark Serwotka of PCS, made clear their anger at what the vast majority of members regarded as a sell-out on their pensions. 1.1 million Unison members had made up the largest voice on the picket just 3 weeks earlier.
Nothing was gained.
Union members still have to work longer, pay more and receive less in their old age.
That is, if they still have a job! 270,000 public sector were lost last year and estimates for this year are in the same region.
So while folk march up and down tomorrow in London, grassroots union members and activists need to get on the same hymn sheet as Bob, DPAC and Black Triangle. And bloody quickly at that!
A few days ago we posted an article by Aditya Chakraborrti which shows the true scale of planned Tory/LibDem public sector cuts: Within just five years public spending in Britain as a percentage of GDP will be lower than the United States.
Put bluntly, there will no longer be a public sector worthy of the name.
We are facing total meltdown.
And with recent pronouncements from Liam Byrne, Shadow DWP, that Neo-Labour (as in Neoliberal) will cut further from the social security budget (as if there’ll be anything left to cut!) if they win the next election and Ed Miliscab having told the BBC that he’s prepared for marches and strikes against austerity when he gets in ~ well, Bob is right, isn’t he?
We need to self-organise in our communities and workplaces and declare war on this criminal ConDem junta.
It’s time for each one of us to step up to the plate now and do our duty.
Tomorrow’s march will be utterly in vain if it does not signal the beginning of a real fightback.
Disabled People, Workers, Students, Unemployed Workers, Teachers, Doctors, Nurses:
We must ALL UNITE AS ONE NOW to defeat this tri-partite neoliberal attack on the 99%.
Black Triangle and DPAC will be out in force and our banner will read:
CUTS KILL! GENERAL STRIKE NOW!
The counter-attack must start now and not a minute later!
This is about more than just jobs and pensions ~ vital as they are.
These cuts are KILLING us! People are DYING!
This is about human LIVES!
If union bosses get in the way they must step aside for the rank-and-file!
God help us all in Britain if we fail in our duty.
~ Black Triangle Campaign