Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/531/4050

From The Socialist newspaper, 30 April 2008

Public sector strike shows the fightback has begun!

Step up united action to end pay freeze

Teachers on strike on 24 April 2008 in Lewisham, photo Martin Powell-Davies

Teachers on strike on 24 April 2008 in Lewisham, photo Martin Powell-Davies

Last week hundreds of thousands of teachers, civil servants and college lecturers struck a blow for everyone who has had their living standards attacked in recent years.

Steve Score, Leicester Socialist Party

Their coordinated strike action against below-inflation pay rises needs to be the beginning of a fightback which should link up all six million public-sector workers.

Low-paid workers in the private sector will also be drawing lessons from this. All workers are suffering from massive rises in the cost of living - gas and electricity, food, council tax, water, housing... the list goes on and on!

Jane Aitchison addresses the Leeds rally of the April 24th 2008 strikes

Jane Aitchison addresses the Leeds rally of the April 24th 2008 strikes

Whilst the real wages of the low paid have been eroded, the rich have continued to have a bonanza. The Sunday Times 'Rich List 2008' shows that the wealth of the richest 1,000 people in Britain has more than quadrupled since New Labour came to power. They had 99 billion in 1997 and now they have 412 billion! Even in the months since Gordon Brown took over, their wealth has gone up 15%.

Philip Beresford, who compiles the list, summed it up when he said: "The eleven years of Labour government have been absolutely fantastic for the super-rich. Having a friendly Labour government has almost been better than having a Tory one."

Many of those on the list are the infamous 'non-domiciles': billionaires who move here from abroad because loopholes in British tax laws mean they can get away with paying no tax.

Also on the list are British citizens who live in tax havens abroad for nine months of the year and those who put their money into low tax 'offshore accounts'.

Merlin school teachers on their picket line in March 2008, photo Martin Powell-Davies

Merlin school teachers on their picket line in March 2008, photo Martin Powell-Davies

The government tells low-paid public sector workers that there is no money in the kitty. How about taxing the rich for it? But no - Brown prefers to tax the poor by doubling the 10p starting tax band!

The fact that he has been forced to promise compensation (although the details remain to be seen), shows the government can be made to retreat. It was fear of a battering at the polls that forced Brown into this partial climb-down.

We are going into a recession, and despite the fact that in the 'boom years' it was the rich who reaped the benefits, now it is ordinary people who are supposed to pay.

It is time to stand up to this! For public-sector workers the next step should be a one day public-sector general strike coordinated by all the unions.

And it is high time the unions stopped funding New Labour, a party of the super-rich, and build a new party of the working class.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 30 April 2008:

Public sector strike shows fightback has begun!

A week of strikes shakes government

Grangemouth oil refinery strike

Reports of the 24 April strikes


Socialist Party campaigns

Stop PFI pirates wrecking our NHS

Saving our post offices!


Socialist Party election campaigns

Socialist councillors back teachers

"Why I am standing against Labour"


Socialist Students

Students stage occupation


Anti-racism

Love Music Hate Racism

German anti-fascist demo


International socialist news and analysis

Bolivia - right-wing coup threat


Socialist Party workplace news

Lincoln rejects insulting pay offer

Defend Eddie Fleming

Unison witch-hunt

Corus Trostre, further job losses


 

Home   |   The Socialist 30 April 2008   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Public sector:

trianglePCS elections: Support socialist candidates

triangleProbation privatisation failure

trianglePCS: Vote Yes to strike for better pay

triangleTrade union action to end low pay now!

triangleHarrowing accounts of austerity at Unison women's conference

Tax:

triangleShell pays 0 corporation tax, and plans huge hike in fossil output

triangleWhat strategy can end the retail jobs massacre?

triangleBuild a working-class movement to force an election

triangleTake the wealth off the super-rich

Rich:

triangleAristocrats are rich after all... and getting richer

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

triangleYouth strikes show the way - mass action can oust Tories

Labour:

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

triangleYoung people who voted for Corbyn's manifesto will now ask... How can we win those ideas?

Pay:

triangleWestex Carpet strike reaches two month mark

Super-rich:

triangleThem & Us

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

15/1/20

Young people

Young people who voted for Corbyn's manifesto will now ask... How can we win those ideas?

15/1/20

Scotland

Massive Scottish independence demo marks new stage in struggle

15/1/20

London

London: Protesters return to oppose Middle East war

15/1/20

Government

Cladding scandal: Government steps up defence of landlords

15/1/20

Nottingham

Nottingham: Youth protest against Barclays 64 million fossil-fuel investments

15/1/20

Strike

Westex Carpet strike reaches two month mark

15/1/20

Newham

Stop gentrification in Newham: "We are here, you have consulted us and we're not going anywhere!"

15/1/20

Socialist Party

Socialist Party national committee meeting

15/1/20

Hackney

Hackney school bus workers win pay increase following strikes

15/1/20

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland: Thousands of nurses continue to strike for better pay

15/1/20

Buses

London bus drivers ballot to strike

15/1/20

PCS

PCS: Time to rebuild the left

15/1/20

Union

Union lawyer arrested on security guards' picket line

9/1/20

Unison

Unison national executive members challenge validity of nomination for Keir Starmer for leader of the Labour Party

8/1/20

Unions

Build union resistance to Tory attacks

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999