Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/597/8233

From The Socialist newspaper, 13 October 2009

The main parties say: 'Work until you drop'

Tory shadow chancellor George Osborne's plea for equality of sacrifice - "we're all in this together" - unravels when the real impact of his pension proposals becomes clear.

Dave Nellist (2nd left) and Bob Crow (right) campaigning for an electoral alternative to the three main parties, photo D Carr

Dave Nellist (2nd left) and Bob Crow (right) campaigning for an electoral alternative to the three main parties, photo D Carr

Councillor Dave Nellist, Socialist Party, Coventry

For working people, with only little or no access to a company pension, the state retirement pension is a wholly inadequate income - but it's one that Labour and Tories alike feel happy to steal.

By bringing forward by ten years Labour's plans to raise the age at which the state retirement pension could be claimed for men from 65 to 66 (and slightly later for women as well), Osborne was trying to give the impression that here was a sacrifice to help restore the market economy which would affect everyone equally.

Scotland: one million-strong strike for pension rights

Scotland: one million-strong strike for pension rights

When fully in place the government would 'save' 13 billion a year by not having to pay a year's state pension (worth just under 5,000 to each person) and by increased tax revenues from those forced to work an extra year. But the proposal does not affect everyone equally.

In the area I represent in Coventry, St Michael's, the average age at which men die is 65; in the next-door ward, Earlsdon, represented by the Tories, it is over 77. Raising the state retirement age to 66 is saying to the 'average man' in St Michael's: 'work until you drop'.

And pensions are just one area of public services under threat. Many local councils are already planning swingeing cuts. For example, on 20 October Coventry councillors will decide on plans to cut 72 million from council spending over the next three years.

At almost 9% of the city's budget there is no way that our essential local services, and the jobs of hundreds of council workers, will not be affected. But it could get even worse...

Whoever wins the next general election is planning more cuts in local services; the only argument between the big three parties is about who can be the most "bold" or "savage" in cutting public spending. Those cuts are designed to make working people and our families pay the costs of the crisis in the economic system. But that crisis was caused by bankers, with their bonuses, playing casino economics - working people should not have to pay their price.

The Tories may talk about us 'all being in it together' facing this crisis, but they and their rich friends will be all right. 72 million of cuts will bring real hardship and pain to ordinary people in Coventry.

If they can get away with it similar pain will be exacted in all local authorities. Council workers will have to fight for their jobs, but all trades unionists and our families rely on the services that council workers provide; we must build a joint campaign to defend public services.

Help build the campaign for a socialist alternative and for a trade union based electoral challenge to cuts and unemployment.


Lobby Coventry council

Tuesday 20 October 3pm

Outside the Council House, Earl Street, Coventry

Organised by local trade unionists and supported by Coventry TUC.

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


In The Socialist 13 October 2009:

The main parties say: 'Work until you drop'


Postal workers

Victory to postal workers


Socialist Party editorial

The economy: Green shoots or scorched earth?

What would a Tory government be like?


War and occupation

Afghan conflict: Stop the war now


Youth fight for jobs

Apprenticeships? Yes, but not at any price!


Socialist Party news and analysis

Manchester mobilises against fascists

RAP victory in Walthamstow

Housing workers in 'sleep over'

Fast News


Socialist Party workplace news

Fight the fire service cuts

British Airways - What's really going on?

University staff forced to strike

Unison - opening door to minority rule

Socialist stands for NUT vice-president


International socialist news and analysis

Sri Lanka: Shut down the camps!

Greece: Hated ND government booted out in general election


Socialist Party review

A 'dis-service' to Leon Trotsky


 

Home   |   The Socialist 13 October 2009   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Coventry:

triangleConference on state spies: who's watching who?

triangleWho's watching who?: The fight for justice, trade union and democratic rights

triangleCoventry: march following racist police killing

triangleHousing safety campaign kicks off in Coventry

triangle#Justice4Daz campaign launch

Council:

triangleSheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

triangleUnite local government sector plans strike ballot

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

triangleSalford Unison condemns pay cuts

Pension:

triangleRoyal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangleYoung people being strangled by debts

triangleSet for national strike action

Dave Nellist:

triangleReadmit the socialists - for a federal Labour Party

triangleHow much reserves have councils got?

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

19/10/17

North West

Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

18/10/17

Democratic rights

Conference on state spies: who's watching who?

18/10/17

Leeds

Striking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

18/10/17

Royal Mail

Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

18/10/17

PCS

Balloting members on the pay cap

18/10/17

Art

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

18/10/17

Council

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

18/10/17

South West Wales

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

18/10/17

NHS

Uprising to save the NHS!

18/10/17

Socialism

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

18/10/17

East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

18/10/17

North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

18/10/17

BAE

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

18/10/17

Schools

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

18/10/17

Swansea

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

triangle18 Oct Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangle18 Oct Balloting members on the pay cap

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

More ...

triangle23 Oct Chesterfield Socialist Party: The continuing struggle for abortion rights

triangle24 Oct Liverpool Socialist Party: The October Russian Revolution 100 years ago to the day

triangle25 Oct Salford Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian revolution

triangle25 Oct Swansea Socialist Party: Mother Jones - A US labour pioneer

More ...

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

Archive

Archives:

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