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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 October 2010

Why you should come to Socialism 2010

Joe Higgins, the Irish Socialist Party's MEP, speaking at central SYRIZA rally in Athens, Greece

Joe Higgins, the Irish Socialist Party's MEP, speaking at central SYRIZA rally in Athens, Greece

Joe Higgins, Socialist Party MEP for Dublin, Ireland, explains why Socialism 2010 is an important event for all who oppose the brutal austerity cuts.
Joe will speak in the closing rally on Sunday 7 November.
quote opening

All over Europe millions of workers are moving into opposition to the austerity plans being implemented at the behest of big business.

Recently we have seen magnificent general strikes in Spain, Greece and France as well as massive protests all across Europe.

This is in opposition to attempts to make working people pay for the economic crisis through savage attacks on living standards including attacks on pension rights, pay cuts, job losses and cuts in public services.

The government in Ireland has launched three brutal austerity budgets since the outbreak of the economic crisis.

Pain has been felt by those plunged into unemployment and low and middle income workers in both the public and private sectors.

We have seen 15% pay cuts for public servants, slashing of public spending, closure of hospital wards, overcrowding in classrooms and increased taxes on workers.

All this for the sharks in the financial markets who are demanding that the working class pay for the €50 billion black hole in the Irish banks caused by property speculators.

In Britain, the Con-Dem coalition government is gearing up for a massive onslaught against the working class this autumn.

The cuts they have planned will mean pain for working people on a par with Ireland. These cuts, rather than providing a platform to economic recovery, will further undermine the economy and threaten a downward descent into deeper debt and crisis.

The dictatorship of the unelected bondholders and the small number of super-rich speculators who constitute the financial markets must be rejected.

We need new mass workers' parties and leaders in the unions that will organise a real fightback and organise a struggle to replace this dictatorship of the markets with democratic socialism.

quote closing

If you want to fight the cuts and debate with other people involved in anti-cuts movements in Britain and across Europe - come to Socialism 2010.

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In The Socialist 6 October 2010:


Defend Child Benefits

Tories turn clock back


Socialist Students

Students must fight back

Campaigning Socialist Students win support

YFJ and PCS unite against cuts in Leeds


Socialist Party editorial

National Shop Stewards Network and the struggle against Con-Dem attacks

National conference called against cuts in jobs and services


Anti-cuts campaign

No excuses for not fighting cuts

Thousands tell Tories: 'No cuts'

Paying below the minimum

Bristol MPs fail to answer young workers' anger at PCS debate

Meetings and protests against the cuts

Labour councillor's contempt for care centre users

Save Buttercups nursery

Protests on October 23 to fight the government's spending review axe

News in brief


Socialist Party workplace news

Solid strike by Tube workers

Time to strengthen RMT's fighting leadership

Support TSG strike


Health and Safety

Warning: this government could seriously damage your safety


Europe: fighting the cuts

Spain: workers demonstrate their strength

Ireland: a socialist alternative to the crisis

Portuguese workers win the promise of a general strike

Internationalism against austerity: 100,000 demonstrate in Belgium


Socialism 2010

Why you should come to Socialism 2010

Socialism 2010 - a weekend of discussion and debate


International socialist analysis

Chávez wins majority but right-wing gains ground


Socialist Party review

Made in Dagenham


Anti-racism

Nuneaton: community must organise against racism

Leicester: action needed against EDL

Campaign defeats BNP in Stroud


 

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