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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

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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In The Socialist 23 June 2021:


What we think

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NHS

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Outsourced London hospital workers fight for better pay

Leicester private healthcare tragedy

Exeter Trades Council backs NHS protests


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Furlough reduction risks job losses

Building back better? Fight for a socialist recovery

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Tories deliberately underfund childcare


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Tory review won't deliver justice for rape victims


International

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Are Biden's immigration policies a break with Trump's?


Workplace news

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


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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!


Readers' Opinion

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Response to Observer article on China


 

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