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From The Socialist newspaper, 23 June 2021
Building back better?
Fight for a socialist recovery
Youth Fight Austerity budget day protest 2015, photo Senan (Click to enlarge)
Theo Sharieff, Socialist Party youth organiser
As society slowly emerges from lockdown, Boris Johnson and the Tories are busy preaching that they plan to 'build back better'.
The Tories claim this means upping investment in Northern towns and cities, 'levelling them up', and laying the basis for a 'green industrial revolution'. Labour, in true Starmerite fashion, has launched its 'Stronger Together' campaign, once again tailending the Tories.
But, far from the fairy tale picture of a healthy and vibrant capitalist system capable of delivering these things, the reality is much grimmer. Britain is predicted to emerge from the pandemic with the worst economic scarring of the G7 countries, with productivity and wages at historic lows. Capitalism in Britain is in a deep and intractable crisis.
This means that a fight is on. The bosses once again want to make us, the majority, pay for the crisis with our jobs, our services, and our futures. Already this process has begun with the 25-plus employers who have engaged in the 'fire and rehire' of their workers - firing them only to rehire them on worse pay and conditions.
In anticipation of workers' and youth resistance, the Tories are bringing in the new anti-protest bill to give more repressive legal powers to the police. It's crucial the trade unions, with over six million members in workplaces across the country, prepare now for the fight of our lives against the coming bosses' offensive. Not only to repel the attacks, but to fight for an economic recovery in the interests of working-class and young people - not one which just lines the pockets of the rich like the so-called recovery post-2008.
To achieve this will mean the development of a new mass party for workers and youth, that brings together the trade unions, community campaigns and young protesters, and is armed with a bold socialist political programme. One which includes: decent wages, socially useful job creation, council house building, and an end to all cuts - all linked to the need for public ownership in order to make the rich pay for it.
These demands go together with a vision of an alternative kind of society, one that exists outside of the straightjacket of capitalism, which can provide all of these things on a lasting basis - a socialist society. Join us in the fight for a socialist recovery.
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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
- The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
- When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
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In The Socialist 23 June 2021:
What we think
Chesham and Amersham by-election
NHS in crisis - 'It's time for action'
Outsourced London hospital workers fight for better pay
Leicester private healthcare tragedy
Exeter Trades Council backs NHS protests
Northern Ireland and Brexit
Sacking non-vaccinated care workers will not save lives
Furlough reduction risks job losses
Building back better? Fight for a socialist recovery
Anti-protest bill breaches human rights
Tories deliberately underfund childcare
Unite general secretary contest: Vote for Sharon Graham
NSSN conference 2021
NSSN conference 2021: When given a lead workers will fight
Women and the criminal 'injustice' system
Tory review won't deliver justice for rape victims
Iran's presidential election
Are Biden's immigration policies a break with Trump's?
Interview with newly elected Unison NEC member and hospital worker
Gateshead: Bosses sack sparks protesting for safety measures
Oaks Park school strike against bully bosses
Leicestershire engineers' fifth week of strikes against fire and rehire
DVLA dispute: Escalation needed
Warehouse workers fight 50% cut in redundancy pay
Carmarthenshire: Fighting for trade union recognition at council-owned company
TUSC calls for local 'People's Budget' campaigns
Youth Fight For Jobs: more urgent than ever
London Socialist Party young members' day school
'Socialism is the hope of the world'
Fighting Fund target smashed!
Book review: Shuggie Bain
Response to Observer article on China
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