spotCampaigns

spotOrganisations

spotArguments for socialism

spotPeople

spotInternational

spotEvents

spotAround the UK


All keywords


All Campaigns subcategories:

Anti-capitalism

Anti-fascist

Anti-racism

Anti-war

Asylum

Black and Asian

Children

CNWP

Corporate crime

Disability

Education

Election campaigns

Environment

EU

Finance

Food

Gender Recognition Act

Health and safety

Health and welfare

Housing

Human Rights

LGBT Pride

Local government

Local services

Low pay

Migration

Nationalisation

New workers party

NHS

Pensions

Post Office

Poverty

Privatisation

Public Services

Socialism

Socialist

Sport

Stop the slaughter of Tamils

Students

The state

Transport

TUSC

* Welfare rights

Women

Workplace and TU campaigns

Youth


Welfare rights keywords:

Benefits (394)

Carers (74)

Claimants (92)

Crisis loans (1)

ESA (20)

Employment and Support Allowance (23)

Employment and Support Allowance (23)

Incapacity benefits (1)

JSA (14)

Job Seekers Allowance (2)

Nursery provision (1)

Slavery (7)

Social Fund (2)

Tax credits (20)

Unemployed (113)

Unemployment (179)

WCA (2)

Welfare (158)

Welfare (158)

Welfare rights (4)

Welfare state (31)

Welfare to work (1)

Work Capability Assessment (11)

Unemployment


Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: The Socialist issue 844, 18 February 2015: Fight for decent pay, jobs and benefits

Search site for keywords: Pay - Jobs - Benefits - Super-rich - Government - Rich - Election - Fat cats - Young people - Workfare - HSBC - Unemployment - Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition - Trade unions - Minimum wage - Housing benefit

Workers' pay down 2,500... Bosses' pay up 700,000

Workers' pay down 2.5k - Bosses' pay up 700k

Workers' pay down 2.5k - Bosses' pay up 700k   (Click to enlarge)

Fight for decent pay, jobs and benefits

James Kerr

Feeling the pinch? Cutting back on spending? Wondering how you'll make it to the end of the month? You're not alone. Workers everywhere are struggling with stagnating wages and rising prices.

A recent TUC report confirmed what we're experiencing on a daily basis when it outlined that workers are 2,500 a year worse off since the start of the Con-Dem government. That's an 8.4% fall in five years!

Government attacks on working class people are absolutely unrelenting. Cameron recently pledged to cut housing benefit for 18 to 21 year olds if the Tories win the next election.

Now, in yet another slave-labour workfare scheme, he wants young people to be forced to work for their benefits after six months of unemployment. And that's on top of cutting the benefit cap by another 3,000 a year - again hitting hardest some of the most vulnerable people in society.

Contrast that with what's happening in Britain's boardrooms, where fat cats have seen their pay soar by 26% - 700,000 - in a year.

Big winner

Who is singled out as a big winner in the report? None other than Stuart Gulliver, chief executive of HSBC, the bank implicated in a massive tax avoidance scandal. It makes Cameron's 2009 "we're all in this together" refrain seem like a really sick joke.

It's clear that it's one rule for them and another for us. The enormous pay gap graphically highlights the staggering and growing inequality under capitalism. Working people pay the price for the contradictions of a broken system.

What's the alternative? All of the establishment parties are keen to bang the drum for the super-rich, squabbling for the crown of 'most pro-business'. It is clear that, whoever wins the general election, we'll need to fight for decent pay, jobs and benefits you can live on.

The trade unions need to channel the anger that exists into a massive campaign for decent pay, including making the demand for a 10 an hour minimum wage a reality. We also need to build the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (see page 5) as an important step towards a mass working class party.

Ultimately we have to fight for socialist policies to ensure that the wealth is taken out of the hands of the super-rich 1% and used to benefit the lives of the mass of people.







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: info@socialistparty.org.uk

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: 07748 534 891

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999