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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 July 2015
Living wage lie
Fight for £10 an hour now!
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When Iain Duncan Smith cheers the budget speech, we know it's bad news for working class people. Cold, cruel, callous cuts: the Tories are on a high after winning the election and want to get away with murder. Osborne's emergency budget was laced with political cynicism designed to confuse and distort.
Take the pledge to create a so-called 'living wage' to replace the current minimum. It will be £7.20 next year and he claims it will reach £9 by 2020.
Socialists welcome measures which improve the lives of working class people. But this minimum wage increase is inadequate. As well as failing to come close to reflecting the real cost of living, for those on tax credits its effect will be more than eliminated by swingeing welfare cuts.
But that's not all. In an act of sheer viciousness, Osborne has said that employers will have a special licence to super-exploit young workers.
Under-25s will be exempt from the so-called living wage. This, combined with the abolition of student grants and the removal of housing benefit for almost all those under 21, represents a declaration of war by the Tories on youth.
No wonder young people have been among the most furious and energetic in taking to the streets since the budget.
As well as opposing all welfare cuts, we fight for a minimum wage of £10 now for all. Working class people deserve the basic dignity and security of a wage we can live on. One in which we have a secure job, not a zero-hour contract.
The Tories are turning the screw on workers, the young, the poor and vulnerable people. And Labour backs them up on welfare! It's clear we need to organise. So join the Socialist Party, get involved and help build the fightback today.
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In The Socialist 15 July 2015:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Living wage lie
Fightback essential following Osborne's hatchet budget
Labour's austerity 'me too-ism' continues
Them & Us
International socialist news and analysis
EU revenge against Greek workers
Greece: Tsipras crosses the Rubicon
The Marikana report - a whitewash
International news in brief
2005: Jean Charles de Menezes shooting
Workplace news and analysis
Labour council axes union facility time
Cardiff teachers strike against 'death wish' workload
Transport workers shut down tube and railway
Biggest union clings to Labour, but considers law-busting strikes
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party feature
Reverse social care sell-offs
Socialist Party review
Orphan Black - refreshing take on sci-fi story
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Angry coordinated protests and solidarity
Osborne attacks youth... we take to the streets!
Record attendance at Durham Miners' Gala
200 march against closure of Longton Cottage Hospital
Bromley Unite members stop council tax bailiffs
Road accident highlights need to save school crossings
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