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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 March 2020

Strike wave around London - this is why we need socialists in city hall

UCU strikers, students and RMT transport union members on a picket line together at King's College London, photo Gary Harbord

UCU strikers, students and RMT transport union members on a picket line together at King's College London, photo Gary Harbord   (Click to enlarge)

London Labour mayor Sadiq Khan has declared that he will "stand up for London".

Nancy Taaffe, Socialist Party member, asks: "Who in London did he have in mind?

"The property developers? The billionaires? The tech giants? The low-paying private employers? Or the working class of London - those millions of us who do the work and keep our city moving?"

We are in the middle of a mini strikewave in London. UCU members at universities around the city are taking part in a national strike. So are teaching staff at several sixth form colleges, and at schools in east London against academisation. The RMT on the Bakerloo line has been on strike, as were cleaners, security and maintenance staff at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, members of the PCS union. Transport for London staff were on strike, as were workers on the Woolwich ferry.

Ealing parking attendants are striking (see below) - following the parking attendants in Hackney - as are baggage handlers at Heathrow. Now the RMT has announced it is balloting tube workers.

Nancy Taaffe says: "For many of these workers, the mayor of London is their boss. Why are workers forced to strike for decent pay and working hours from a Labour mayor!

"For others, whether their employer is a Labour authority, or Universities UK, or a private company, Sadiq Khan should make it clear that he stands shoulder-to-shoulder with them in their fights for decent pay, pensions, working conditions and against privatisation.

He should instruct Labour councils to stop cuts and academisation, and he should demand decent wages and terms and conditions for all workers in London.

"That's what a socialist mayor would do! And that's why we say we need socialists in City Hall."

The Socialist Party believes it is vital that there is a stand for socialist policies in May's London elections.

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In The Socialist 4 March 2020:


Coronavirus

Covid-19: A socialist response to the Coronavirus crisis


International Women's Day 2020

International Women's Day: Fighting sexism and austerity

A legacy of women workers and the class struggle


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