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From The Socialist newspaper, 13 March 2019

Weak Tories must go. General election now!

Workers have had enough of pay cuts and job losses, photo Birmingham Socialist Party

Workers have had enough of pay cuts and job losses, photo Birmingham Socialist Party   (Click to enlarge)

Iain Dalton, Socialist Party national committee

Yet again, another outsourcing company faces collapse. The latest one is Interserve.

It's been just over a year since construction giant Carillion's collapse. And we are still picking up the debts, estimated at over 150 million. One third of this - 50 million - will be scooped by accountants PwC as 'special manager' in the winding-up process, despite PwC having been an adviser to Carillion!

It's yet another burden heaped upon the shoulders of working-class people after years of rip-off 'private finance initiative' privatisations by successive governments.

On top of this, we have also endured savage austerity cuts to public services, the indignities of Universal Credit, low pay, and all the other miseries of decaying capitalism.

This is the backdrop to the 'meaningful vote' on Brexit taking place in parliament as the Socialist goes to print, which seems set to plunge the Tories into even more chaos.

Capitalist journal the Economist commented: "As so often, Theresa May is in trouble. The prime minister is barely in control of her cabinet, let alone her MPs or her party... She is set to lose a second vote on her Brexit deal... and be forced to seek an extension of the 29 March deadline."

But we can't afford to just wait for the Tories to implode over Brexit, they need to be driven out of power before they do more damage to our communities.

It is this opportunity to lead a struggle against all the misery imposed by a decade of austerity that lies before Jeremy Corbyn now. But to take up this mantle, he needs urgently to end his attempts to placate the defenders of these policies within his own party, the Blairites.

Workers' struggles

It's Blairite-run councils like Birmingham that have been doing the Tories' dirty-work, provoking strikes by bin workers and home care workers.

Corbyn should be standing shoulder to shoulder with these workers - fighting back against pay cuts and austerity and with those facing threats to their jobs such as at Honda Swindon, where the trade unions have now called a demonstration to defend jobs.

On a national scale, along with the trade union leaders, Corbyn should be mobilising the working class to topple this government and force a general election.

Such an election would give the opportunity to come out fighting, with an alternative vision to the Tories' endless austerity, and to make the socialist case for a Brexit that puts the working class, not the interests of the bosses, first.

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In The Socialist 13 March 2019:


News

Anger after violent youth deaths - Communities need public services not cuts

Weak Tories must go. General election now!

Them & Us


Opinion

History: Alice Wheeldon - an anti-war socialist persecuted by the state

The Socialist Inbox


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

International Women's Day protests

For socialist change, not climate change!

Southampton: Socialist stand against cuts

No to racism - Fight for socialism

Memorial to working-class fighters who fought fascism


What we think

Only socialist planning can save the planet: Build a mass working-class struggle to achieve it!


Workplace news

Neither Tories or EU - only fighting trade unions and a Corbyn-led government can deliver workers' rights

PCS union elections: Huge support for Chris Baugh

Newark NSK strike: "Even Victorian workers got a day off each week. We're expected to have just one weekend off every three weeks"

Breaking news: Birmingham bin workers' strike suspended pending new deal

Workplace news in brief


Universal Credit

Tories out. Scrap Universal Credit. Fight for living wages and welfare!


International socialist news and analysis

Brazil: The Threats, attacks and contradictions of Bolsonaro's regime


Obituary

Obituary Joan Beale - Labour women's activist and Militant supporter


 

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