Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 24 May 2007

Public-sector workers say...Fight Brown's pay freeze

Unison Lobby of Parliament in 2006

Unison Lobby of Parliament in 2006

While Tony Blair prepares for his retirement celebration there will be very few tears shed by UNISON members or by any public sector workers. In ten years we have seen more union members' jobs being privatised than under the Tories. In the public sector there has been an increase in the numbers earning under our minimum wage demand of 6.50 an hour and we've seen services continually cut and destroyed.

Glenn Kelly, UNISON National Executive Committee, personal capacity.

Public sector workers are angry but at every stage most of the union leaders have tried to bail out New Labour saying at least they're not as bad as the Tories. The latest cry is that Gordon Brown will be nicer to us. Yet even before his coronation he has announced a pay freeze which in effect will be a 2% pay cut.

Brown's pay 'offer' is sickening to say the least. It blows out of the water any idea that Labour's approach to public sector workers and services is any different to the Tories or that Brown is any different to Blair. The shocking thing is that local government employers are dominated by the Tories and many Tory councils put aside 3% for this year's pay deal!

This wouldn't have been near enough but Gordon Brown then announced that he wanted a 2% pay freeze. New Labour plan to impose a worse deal right across the public sector than some Tory councils had intended! Although the local government employers are not bound by Brown, it gave them an excuse to say workers couldn't have more than 2%.

Workers just can't afford to take another low raise and in this case a pay cut. That's why we've had the main teachers' union, the nurses' organisations, and the postal workers' union all talking about industrial action over pay. If the union leaderships give a lead they could potentially put five million workers out on strike against that pay deal.

There are illusions in Brown among the union leaders but really that represents them clinging to the lowest port-hole on the Titanic as they try to hang on to the idea that Labour is still a party for working-class people. I don't sense any great expectations in Brown among union members. If he starts to make noises about slowing down attacks on the health service it's possible he may be given a bit of breathing space. In reality he's going to want to show he's as anti-working class as Blair was.

On this basis I am absolutely convinced that if there was a genuine debate in the unions about funding the Labour Party, members would categorically say enough is enough. If New Labour doesn't want to talk for us then it's time we spoke for ourselves.

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

In The Socialist 24 May 2007:

Public-sector workers say...Fight Brown's pay freeze

PCS: Public-sector unity to defend jobs and services

National Shop Stewards Network

Postal workers' strike ballot: Vote 'yes' for a future

Darling attacks Post Offices

Greenwich workers shame councillors

Labour Party leadership

Gordon Brown crowned leader with no contest

John McDonnell speaks to the socialist

The alternative to Labour

MPs say stop looking at us!


Academies: No to these divisive schools

Lewisham council attacks education

School meals - Victory!

Canteen workers oppose school meals cuts

School campaigners shake Wokingham

Socialist Party NHS campaign

Nursing staff strike shows way forward

Socialist Party news and analysis

Homophobia: it's not over

Letter to Polish Ambassador

Marxist analysis: history

Belfast 1907 - a city in revolt

Environment and socialism

Can solar power solve our energy needs?


SNP in power - populism and cuts


Home   |   The Socialist 24 May 2007   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  

Related links:


triangleArriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangleRoyal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangleNorth London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

triangleUnite local government sector plans strike ballot

triangleWhat we saw


trianglePreparing for the showdown

triangle30 June pension strike reports


triangleSheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

triangleHundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

triangleTories torn - bin them now


triangleYoung people being strangled by debts

triangleTories scrap the NHS pay cap: now fight for real-terms pay rises!


triangleThe fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against capitalist austerity

Local government:

triangleDemand for no-cuts budget grows

Gordon Brown:

triangleHow Blairism sank its claws into the Labour Party

Labour Party:

triangleThe end of the Tories?

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns


North West

Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay


Democratic rights

Conference on state spies: who's watching who?



Striking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni



PCS ballots members on the pay cap


Royal Mail

Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers



'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future



Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison


South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP



Uprising to save the NHS!



Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?


East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!


North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses



Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems



Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now



Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

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

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party out the Tories

triangle11 Oct CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangle11 Oct The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against...

More ...

triangle19 Oct Waltham Forest Young Socialists: Deaths in police custody

triangle19 Oct Swansea Socialist Party: Spanish revolution 1936-37

triangle19 Oct Cardiff East Socialist Party: Is equality for women possible under capitalism?

triangle19 Oct Wirral Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian Revolution

More ...

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



October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017





















Platform setting: = No platform choice