Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/246/24841

From The Socialist newspaper, 22 March 2002

Workers, anti-capitalists...

Fighting Back!

LAST WEEKEND over 500,000 marched through the streets of Barcelona against the European heads of states' meeting in that city. This was the biggest anti-capitalist demonstration yet.

Hannah Sell

The demonstrators were trade unionists and young people, there to protest at the continuing proposals for privatisation and cuts in services coming from the European governments.

Blair went to this meeting, along with right-wing government ministers from Spain and Italy, to push the heads of state into carrying out more privatisation and more attacks on working-class people. In a meeting of capitalist, right wing governments Blair stood alongside Berlusconi, on the far-right!

But the huge demonstration on Barcelona's streets should act as a warning to Blair - he and his cronies in Europe are going to face massive opposition to their policies.

Here in Britain the NUT (the teachers' union) in London took strike action over the right to a wage that you can survive on in London, one of the most expensive cities on the planet. Ten thousand angry teachers, mainly young, marched through the streets of the capital.

The postal workers' union demonstrated on 16 March against the sell-off of postal services. At the postal workers' rally it was when speakers from the platform attacked the government and threatened to stop funding New Labour that they received the biggest cheers.

In the months following the 11 September attack on the World Trade Center and the brutal war in Afghanistan, Blair and Co. could, to some extent, get away with implementing unpopular domestic policies because working-class people's attention was on the world arena.

That's no longer the case and more and more workers, especially in the public sector, are moving into action.

The capitalist press also speculated gleefully that 11 September could lead to the demise of the anti-capitalist movement. Instead opposition to the war in Afghanistan and the threats against Iraq are feeding into the anti-capitalist movement - which is growing in strength and is starting to become a movement not only of young people, but also of the working class.

All of these struggles are laying the basis for a growth of socialist ideas. Join the Socialist Party and fight for a better future.

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


In The Socialist 22 March 2002:

Fighting Back!

Hands Off Our Council Housing

Barcelona EC summit Biggest Anti-Capitalist Demo So Far

Postal Workers March Against Privatisation

'Virgin Strikers' On The March

No Support For Bush's War

Italian Working Class Moves Into Action


 

Home   |   The Socialist 22 March 2002   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Anti-capitalist:

triangleEditorial of the Socialist, issue 968

triangleTheresa May, Frida Kahlo and turning women into wares

triangleAustria: Far right temporarily halted

Capitalist:

triangleIrish capitalist state: rotten to the core

triangleWhy I joined the Socialist Party: "I started to question whether there was a better way"

triangle'Paradise' for billionaires - austerity for us

triangleSocialism 2017: ideas to change the world

Spain:

triangleSpain: Madrid rally celebrates October revolution

triangleCatalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

triangleExemplary resistance by the people of Catalonia

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

8/12/17

Government

Local government pay: fight for the 5% claim, fully funded

6/12/17

Labour

Corbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

6/12/17

NHS

Branson sues NHS: kick out the profiteers

6/12/17

Immigration

Royal wedding exposes them-and-us visa system

6/12/17

Banks

RBS to sack 1,000: nationalise the banks

6/12/17

Homelessness

Rough sleeping crisis: make homes, not arrests

6/12/17

Poverty

End Tory war on poor

6/12/17

Rail

Nationalise rail now

29/11/17

Them & Us

Them & us

29/11/17

Homes

Tory housing policy: build zilch, hike prices

29/11/17

Wages

Make the Tories history

29/11/17

Birmingham

Birmingham bin workers win!

29/11/17

British economy

Amber warning lights flash on British economy

23/11/17

Pay

After the budget - unions must launch pay fight

22/11/17

Climate change

Carbon dioxide hits 800,000-year high: end profit-driven pollution

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


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

triangle8 Dec Local government pay: fight for the full 5% claim

triangle6 Dec Strikers rally in Liverpool

triangle6 Dec Corbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

triangle5 Dec Victory at Glenfield shows people power can save our NHS

triangle5 Dec Labour council Blairites deselected

triangle30 Nov Victory: Glenfield Children's Heart Centre saved!

triangle30 Nov Dramatic retelling of Grunwick strike

More ...

triangle12 Dec Birmingham South East Socialist Party: Can the Labour Party be changed?

triangle12 Dec Liverpool Socialist Party: Fighting council cuts

triangle13 Dec Caerphilly Socialist Party: Are we heading for an era of war?

triangle14 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Universal Credit - the Tories' latest assault on the poor

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