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From: The Socialist issue 641, 6 October 2010: Tories turn clock back

Search site for keywords: Socialism 2010 - Socialism - Cuts - Pay - Europe - Joe Higgins - Socialist Party

Why you should come to Socialism 2010

Joe Higgins, the Irish Socialist Party's MEP, speaking at central SYRIZA rally in Athens, Greece

Joe Higgins, the Irish Socialist Party's MEP, speaking at central SYRIZA rally in Athens, Greece

Joe Higgins, Socialist Party MEP for Dublin, Ireland, explains why Socialism 2010 is an important event for all who oppose the brutal austerity cuts.
Joe will speak in the closing rally on Sunday 7 November.
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All over Europe millions of workers are moving into opposition to the austerity plans being implemented at the behest of big business.

Recently we have seen magnificent general strikes in Spain, Greece and France as well as massive protests all across Europe.

This is in opposition to attempts to make working people pay for the economic crisis through savage attacks on living standards including attacks on pension rights, pay cuts, job losses and cuts in public services.

The government in Ireland has launched three brutal austerity budgets since the outbreak of the economic crisis.

Pain has been felt by those plunged into unemployment and low and middle income workers in both the public and private sectors.

We have seen 15% pay cuts for public servants, slashing of public spending, closure of hospital wards, overcrowding in classrooms and increased taxes on workers.

All this for the sharks in the financial markets who are demanding that the working class pay for the 50 billion black hole in the Irish banks caused by property speculators.

In Britain, the Con-Dem coalition government is gearing up for a massive onslaught against the working class this autumn.

The cuts they have planned will mean pain for working people on a par with Ireland. These cuts, rather than providing a platform to economic recovery, will further undermine the economy and threaten a downward descent into deeper debt and crisis.

The dictatorship of the unelected bondholders and the small number of super-rich speculators who constitute the financial markets must be rejected.

We need new mass workers' parties and leaders in the unions that will organise a real fightback and organise a struggle to replace this dictatorship of the markets with democratic socialism.

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If you want to fight the cuts and debate with other people involved in anti-cuts movements in Britain and across Europe - come to Socialism 2010.

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Coronavirus crisis - 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 government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • 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.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • When the health crisis subsides, 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.
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