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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 September 2010
Fight the jobs cuts massacre
THE BBC reported last week that spending cuts will 'hit the north harder', with Middlesbrough being ranked as the "least resilient" local authority.
Elaine Brunskill, Newcastle
Local news programmes have also highlighted the plight facing the north. One-in-three north-east jobs are in the public sector (the highest in England). Around 28,000 public sector jobs are under threat in the north-east.
The north-east only became so reliant on public sector jobs because of the decimation of mining, shipbuilding and the steel industry.
The report also asserts that a clear north-south divide is evident.
I was phoned by BBC Radio 2, who wanted to know if I could go on air to argue that workers in the south should be taking more of the brunt of job losses - a blatant attempt to set one group of workers against another.
However, when I outlined the Socialist Party's stance - that it's the bankers, big business and the capitalist system that got us into this economic mess and they're the ones who should pay the price - I was no longer wanted on their show!
This Con-Dem government is living in cuckoo land if they think workers are going to roll over and accept a public sector massacre.
And New Labour councillors will not be forgiven if they try to hide behind the excuse that there is no alternative but to accept cuts.
There is an alternative - we fight back!
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In The Socialist 15 September 2010:
Join the fight against cuts
Socialist Party editorial
Decisive action can defeat this government
TUC backs youth jobs demo
TUC told to name the day
TUC: Build for action against cuts
Socialist Party youth and students
Stop the 'slippery slope' to two-tier education
How will the Browne Review into university funding affect you?
Student strikes can win results
Feature: Socialist Party women
Women and the struggle against oppression
Socialist Party news and analysis
Royal Mail: Con-Demned to history?
Privatisation's giant wrecking ball
Fight the jobs cuts massacre
Middlesborough local union-led public services alliance set up
General strike in France
Osborne targets the needy
Labour councillors challenged in Hastings
Shropshire: showing socialist alternative gets results
Socialist Party workplace news
London Underground: Action biting against job cuts
UCU executive pulls out of strike ballot
Fight for jobs at GSK
Workplace news in brief
Mood of defiance in Huddersfield
Hull park rangers protest
How do we vote to stop the cuts?
Nottinghamshire: Campaign saves vital service
Lobbies warn councils of workers' action
Socialism 2010: How can we save the environment?
International socialist news and analysis
All-India general strike: Eyewitness report from Chennai
Fighting oppression in Kazakhstan
Socialist Party review
The Third Man
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