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From The Socialist newspaper, 27 October 2021

TORY BUDGET CON

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Organise to fight for:

£15-an-hour minimum wage

Above inflation pay rises

Fully funded public services

Steve Score, Socialist Party national committee

In his budget statement, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced an increase in the minimum wage and an end to the public sector pay freeze. Both will be wiped out by rapidly rising prices, the increase in National Insurance, and the £1,000 a year cut in Universal Credit.

Rising energy prices will mean this winter many people will once again face the stark choice between 'heating and eating'.

It's all part of Boris Johnson's so-called 'high-wage economy'. What garbage! Workers have suffered years of real cuts in living standards. In-work poverty has rocketed, as has job insecurity and casual working.

The Tories say they are ending a "one year pay pause" in the public sector, but in reality there has been a decade of real-terms pay cuts. We don't yet know what pay rises may be offered for next year; but workers will only get back any of what they lost over ten years through trade union struggle.

Even then, the Tories don't want to fund any pay increases - so, without a battle, it will mean further cuts in public services.

The hypocrisy of announcing some money for new family centres, when their cuts have previously resulted in the closure of hundreds of Sure Start centres, is breathtaking! New money has supposedly been found for the NHS and social care by raising National Insurance - hitting mainly lower paid workers. Yet it will do very little to end the massive NHS waiting lists or solve the crisis in social care.

But Keir Starmer's Labour has no answers. He retreated from the idea of a £15-an-hour minimum wage, proposing only £10. Now the Tories have already virtually matched it at £9.50!

The Socialist Party boldly fights for a £15-an-hour minimum wage with no exceptions. We believe a coordinated battle across the public sector trade unions and beyond is necessary to fight for higher pay.

We don't have a high-wage economy; we have a high-wealth economy for the super-rich minority. Britain's 171 resident billionaires increased their vast wealth last year by 22%. It went up to £600 billion between them, at a time when millions were suffering cuts to their living standards.

Energy companies and key sectors of the economy should be nationalised to control prices and be planned democratically for the benefit of the whole of society. The NHS and public services should be fully funded. We need a new mass working-class party that will fight for socialist policies.

This further pressure on public spending makes even more significant Unite the Union's decision at its recent conference to call on Labour councils now "to set legal, balanced no-cuts needs-based budgets" (see 'Public spending under further threat from Tories').

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In The Socialist 27 October 2021:


Budget

TORY BUDGET CON

Public spending under further threat from Tories

Tory NHS funding won't fix staff shortage

Public sector pay thaw - union fight is on for a real rise and funding


Fighting sexual harassment

Fighting sexism and harassment, and for a safe night out


Climate change

Tory climate plans set to fail - socialist planning needed

COP26: protest for Socialist change to reverse climate chaos

Youth climate protests

News in brief


Workplace news

Unite policy conference

Gwent Stagecoach workers driving for victory on pay

Clarks shoe workers strike to give 'fire and rehire' the boot

Royal Mail workers stand against 'unachievable workloads'

GPs vote to reject government plans

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Campaigns

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Southampton People's budget Building an alternative to Tory and Labour austerity

Save Southall youth centre - stop all cuts

Carlisle says make the richest pay, not the poorest!


International

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