The beginning of this month marked a step change in Con-Dem attacks on all of us. Class war has been ratcheted up, with the charge cynically led by Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) on £134,000 a year and living in a rent-free mansion. New Coalition welfare rules will see the poorest face swingeing cuts; the disabled penalised even more; and to top it all, cuts to housing benefit for the “crime” of having a so-called spare bedroom will kick in. If they get away with all this then the next step looks like being the freezing, or even cutting, of the minimum wage. And we haven’t even mentioned the horrors associated with cuts in the NHS.
These are some of the reasons we believe there is an urgent need to NAME the DAY for a 24 General Strike. It could be very popular because of the massive anger against these uncessary cuts – from the NHS, welfare, to the continuing pay freeze which has already seen real wages fall by 16%. Already, the PCS are taking national strike action and the teachers are starting a campaign of action at the end of June. Its welcome that there will be a legal opinion whether a general strike will be lawful but in any case, the issues are there for mass strike action if the unions are prepared to co-ordinate strike ballots.
We would urge the TUC General Council, who are meeting on Wednesday April 24th to Name the day for a General strike. Please join us in this call and if you can please attend the NSSN lobby of the TUC meeting from 8.30am outside Congress House in Great Russell Street. Great Russell Street London WC1B 3LS. (Nearest Tube Tottenham Court Road.
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