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From The Socialist newspaper, 1 September 2010

Anti-cuts movement builds momentum in Plymouth

THE POET Shelley helped inspire a 50-strong meeting launching Plymouth's fight against the cuts. 90-year-old pensioners' campaigner, Paddy Ryan, quoted Shelley: "Rise like lions after slumber in unvanquishable number. Shake your chains to earth like dew, which in sleep had fallen on you. Ye are many - they are few".

Rob Rooney

Trade union representatives from Unite, Unison, RMT, PCS and CWU, and claimants' union and asylum-support workers all indicated they had had enough, that this is the time to fight on the basis of 'no cuts, no compromise'.

The magnificent example of the anti-poll tax campaign was invoked as a means of mobilising working people. One speaker warned against strike action, suggesting instead that workers should refuse to cover the work of departed colleagues but a CWU full-timer said that action short of a strike is: "Like having a machine gun to your head and fighting back with a toothpick."

The No Cuts campaign hits Plymouth's streets soon and Socialist Party members will play a full part. For the campaign to reach its full potential, it will need to have an inclusive, open structure.

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In The Socialist 1 September 2010:

A fightback can stop cuts


Youth fight for jobs

Our future under attack


Anti-cuts campaign

Anti-cuts movement builds momentum in Plymouth

North Staffs TUC public meeting against cuts

Cuts hit poor hardest


Anti-racism

Fighting the far right in Bradford


Socialist Party news and analysis

Labour's three stooges aid Con-Dem coalition

Government cuts hit our benefits

Keep Middle Street centre open

Defend school meals


Socialist Party feature

Slashing public services: do councillors have 'no choice'?

Lobby the TUC conference


International socialist news

Kazakhstan: Human rights activist beaten and arrested

Worldwide protests against brutal attack on three Russian socialists

Pakistan flood disaster: Workers' solidarity appeal


International feature

General strike movement sweeps South Africa


Socialist Party workplace news

Battles ahead on London Underground

London firefighters ballot for action

Jobs threat at RBS

Coventry mail centre closes

Civil service jobs under the cosh


 

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