Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1155/33289

From The Socialist newspaper, 10 November 2021

Tories under fire over sleaze and rising prices

Fight together for a pay rise

Barts NHS workers on strike, 15.7.17, photo Paul Mattsson

Barts NHS workers on strike, 15.7.17, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

A public sector strike on pay is brewing. And is it any wonder?

Fuel and food prices are rising, the Tories are putting national insurance up, they've cut Universal Credit - and most public sector workers have seen effective pay cuts of around 20% over the last ten years.

Meanwhile, arrogant pro-big business MPs are wallowing in sleaze, their snouts well and truly in the trough. The rich have got obscenely richer during the pandemic. Some of them are so rich they have decided to spend their ill-earned stash extending their playground into space.

Yet it was working-class people who saved lives and kept society functioning through the pandemic. It was nurses, bin workers, bus drivers, care home staff, cleaners and supermarket staff who were the essential workers, not bosses and bankers. It's lorry drivers and warehouse workers who once again have proven to be essential in the shortages crisis.

No wonder over the summer health workers in four different unions all voted in consultative ballots to reject a measly 3% pay offer. They're now balloting again. Unfortunately, in Unison and Royal College of Nursing it's another consultative ballot, but in Unite and GMB it's a ballot for action. Itís no wonder that local government workers demanded off their leaders that they are balloted for action - a vote that will start in December.

Neither is it a wonder that university staff in UCU have just voted to strike, and in Unison a ballot of university staff will begin.

The pressure will mount again now on the leaderships of the National Education Union and civil service union PCS to join in and mount a serious fight.

Feeling the pressure, the Tories announced the end of the public sector pay freeze next year. But that's too little too late, with no extra funding promised, and a pay cut still likely to be on offer next year. If anything, that announcement should give workers more confidence to fight.

Almost exactly a decade after two million public sector workers went on strike against attacks on pensions - in reality a strike against austerity - a public sector strike on pay is possible.

And don't let the capitalist politicians and media tell us it's not fair because workers in the private sector are worse off. The gap isn't as big as they claim. And if low-paid workers like cleaners in public services hadn't been privatised, the gap would be even less.

But more to the point, a fight in the public sector can raise everyone's sights, and boost everyone's fight for decent pay. The best way to make sure pay is fair across private and public sector is for us all to stand together!

And if there's one bit of news we want everyone to know, it's that tanker drivers in Liverpool, part of Unite, have just won a 17.5% pay increase.

It can be done! Let's fight together for a pay rise.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • We must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation £

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 10 November 2021:


COP26

Capitalism's COP26 failure: socialist planning vital

Thousands march in Glasgow and elsewhere to save the planet


Housing

Socialist planning to meet housing need

75 years after the first new town


News

Fight together for a pay rise

Council workers ballot on pay offer that's really a cut

School staff need a pay rise

Harsh Tory regime for benefit claimants and workers

Tories under pressure in bid to remove pension triple lock


What we think

Sleaze and pay a toxic mix for Tories


Socialism 2021

Why I'm coming to Socialism 2021


Workplace news

CWU conference debates political strategy

RMT AGM: Delegates focus on the looming battles

University workers vote for action in two disputes

Sheffield bin workers strike: "End rubbish pay!"

Support for all-out scaffs strike spreads

Weetabix workers escalate action in crunch dispute


International news

Portugal's government falls: Left must adopt a new course


Review

John Barnes on class and capitalism. What's missing?


 

Home   |   The Socialist 10 November 2021   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Pay:

triangleSupport uni workers' walk-out on pay and pensions

triangleTesco warehouse workers ballot for strike action

triangleSage care home workers' pay victory

trianglePanasonic workers strike against pay freeze

triangleWorking class strangled by price rises and pay cuts

Tories:

triangleTories hammer nail in pensions triple lock coffin

triangleTories responsible for NHS staff shortages

triangleWorkers' action can defeat weak and divided Tories

triangleCWU conference debates the union's political strategy

Sleaze:

triangleTory sleaze scandal continues, an ex-workers' MP responds

triangleSleaze and pay a toxic mix for Tories

triangleCapitalist sleaze and cronyism

Fire:

triangleClarks workers fight 'fire-and-rehire' pay cut

triangleWeetabix workers escalate action in crunch dispute

Workers:

triangleHistoric victory of India's farmers

Public sector:

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

Strike:

triangleRMT to strike in night-tube dispute

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

24/11/21

NHS

Workers' action can defeat weak and divided Tories

24/11/21

Violence against women

End sexism and violence against women

24/11/21

Disability

The struggle for accessible workplaces and an inclusive society

24/11/21

Cricket

Cricket's history of racism and elitism

24/11/21

Cuts

Working class strangled by price rises and pay cuts

24/11/21

Eastern

HS2 eastern route cancelled: Fight for a workers' plan for public transport

24/11/21

Pensions

Tories hammer nail in pensions triple lock coffin

24/11/21

NHS

Tories responsible for NHS staff shortages

17/11/21

Sleaze

Tory sleaze scandal continues, an ex-workers' MP responds

17/11/21

Climate change

Youth fight for well-paid green jobs and socialist change

17/11/21

NHS

Cuts drag NHS to brink

17/11/21

NHS

NHS workers must take action now to save our NHS

17/11/21

NHS

Outsourced Barts health workers in strike ballot for a pay rise

17/11/21

Health

Health and care staff shortages worsened by Tory vaccine sacking threat

17/11/21

MPs

London MPs' second home swindle while workers and students struggle

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: [email protected]

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 077 7221 5281

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 078 0983 9793

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


November 2021

October 2021

September 2021

August 2021

July 2021

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999