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From The Socialist newspaper, 17 June 2009
Prepare for class war!
'WORKPLACE GUERRILLA war' is predicted by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) as a result of 350,000 projected public sector job cuts over the next five years.
The double whammy of the recession and bailing out the bankers to the tune of hundreds of billions will mean that the Labour government (and its possible Tory successor) will slash spending on public services (see NHS cuts story).
According to John Philpott, chief economist and director of public policy at the CIPD: "The coming era of public sector austerity might not only witness large scale job cuts but also an ongoing 'workplace guerrilla war' marked by waves of major public sector strikes and regular bouts of unrest."
From the perspective of public sector workers, why guerrilla warfare? Surely the best defence of jobs, pay and pensions is to unite the trade unions in a generalised struggle against the government and employers?
Part of the preparation for this 'war' should be to deny the enemy resources. That means campaigning to end the trade unions' political link to New Labour - which is costing millions of pounds of union members' money every year - and instead using these funds for initiating a workers' political alternative.
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In The Socialist 17 June 2009:
Tories or New Labour - it's cuts, cuts, cuts!
A rat on Labour's sinking ship
Prepare for class war!
News in brief
International socialist news and analysis
Iran - mass protests erupt
Only working class action can end war threat in Korean peninsula
Socialist Party editorial
Recent industrial disputes bring important lessons for the future
Standing up to bullying mail bosses
CWU conference: Fighting for jobs and working conditions
Lindsey Oil Refinery construction workers
Lindsey workers fight the bosses' redundancy scam
Socialist Party workplace news
Victory at Linamar! Rob Williams reinstated
National Shop Stewards Network conference
Tube workers on strike
Glasgow cleaners score success
Defeat the BNP: Build a socialist alternative
Protests at BNP
Socialist Party review
Billy Bragg's Miners' Strike Tour
The Socialist 17 June 2009 |
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