Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/11672

Posted on 4 April 2011 at 15:50 GMT

On the move in London to fight the cuts

"The smiles on people's faces said it all: We're on the move - we don't have to take the cuts!" Martin Powell-Davies, a member of the national executive of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), summed up the mood of workers on the 26 March TUC demo.

Sarah Sachs-Eldridge

120 trade unionists, campaigners and young people, inspired by the march, turned out to discuss and debate the way forward at an excellent London Socialist Party meeting on Thursday 31 March.

The first platform speaker was Joe Simpson, assistant secretary of the POA prison officers' union. Joe introduced himself by saying that he was not speaking in a 'personal capacity' but on behalf of the 34,000 members of the POA.

Battle lines are being drawn in the prison service as the Con-Dems plan to sell off public prisons, with Labour backing them up. The prison unions - POA and civil servants' PCS union - are forced to defend a public service, jobs and conditions.

Joe reported that the POA has been attacked for being one of the "unreconstructed unions that needs to join the 21st century" but made it absolutely clear that his is a fighting union.

He thanked the Socialist Party for support. Vik Chechi from Tower Hamlets, fresh from being elected as a Unison branch secretary, spoke (in a personal capacity) on the struggles of young people against unemployment and education cuts.

Vik explained that "the country's not broke - it's awash with cash". It's just that the top 1% have got it! He invited everyone to support Youth Fight for Jobs' Jarrow anniversary march in October.

Video of Peter Taaffe addressing the London Socialist Party meeting, in four parts (below). Audio: mp3 of Peter Taaffe's speech

Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary, was the final platform speaker. In response to the "cold cruelty of the British ruling class", the working class has marched.

Peter described how the effect of the 26th March demo on the working class, in terms of raising confidence to fight the cuts, was like a stone dropped in a huge pond with eddies still feeding out.

But the question on everyone's mind is 'what now?'

The general council of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) leadership must meet urgently to discuss how a 24-hour general strike, uniting public and private sector workers, can be organised.

Martin had previously pointed out how the widespread attack on pensions provides trade unions with an issue around which coordinated strike action can be organised, despite the anti-trade union laws.

Peter added that if united strike action is not immediately possible, then a midweek demonstration in support of action by individual unions is urgent.

Speakers from the floor in the discussion included campaigners and trade unionists from Unison, PCS, RMT, and Unite. 40 of those attending were either new members of the Socialist Party or not yet members, with five joining and agreeing their membership dues on the night.

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






Related links:

London:

triangleSix months on - still no justice for Grenfell

triangleSouth London health bosses' cover-up

triangleNewham anti-academies strikes

triangleUnite day of action against blacklisting

triangleThem & Us

Socialist Party:

triangleStop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

triangleLabour 'purge' furore really just democracy

triangleTamil Solidarity AGM & public meeting

triangleBirmingham South East Socialist Party: Can the Labour Party be changed?

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

16/12/17

North West

Arriva bus drivers' action wins pay rise

16/12/17

Haringey

Blairite council 'all ears' to rich property developers

14/12/17

Waltham Forest

Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

13/12/17

London

Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

13/12/17

Fracking

Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

13/12/17

Devon

Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

13/12/17

Miners

Tory plan to hold dinner at coal mining museum defeated

13/12/17

Bradford

Bradford campaign to save children's services launched

13/12/17

South London

South London health bosses' cover-up

13/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite day of action against blacklisting

13/12/17

Brighton

Brighton victory

13/12/17

Newham

Newham anti-academies strikes

13/12/17

Tamil Solidarity

Tamil Solidarity and Refugee Rights activists meeting

12/12/17

Woolwich

Support the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

7/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite protest against blacklisting

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle16 Dec Arriva bus drivers' action wins pay rise

triangle16 Dec Blairite council 'all ears' to rich property developers

triangle14 Dec Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

triangle13 Dec Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

triangle13 Dec Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

triangle13 Dec Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

triangle13 Dec Trump's incendiary Jerusalem statement reignites Israeli-Palestinian...

More ...

triangle18 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Religion and Socialism

triangle19 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas social

triangle21 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Socialists and the National Question

triangle6 Jan Socialist Party national women's meeting

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2