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The contrast couldn’t be clearer.

In Egypt, they gathered in hundreds of thousands and went on strike to bring down the Mubarak regime.

In Britain, the official leadership of the British trade union movement wants workers to walk through London at the end of March – and then go home.

But by March 26, the date of the anti-cuts march called by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), up to 200,000 public sector workers will have lost their jobs, as councils – many of them Labour controlled – implement government cuts, wrecking local services.

By then, those keeping their jobs will have suffered a massive erosion in their standard of living as food and fuel inflation takes off.

By then, university and college lecturers will be staring at closures and redundancies.

By then, the astronomical increase in university tuition fees will be a reality facing the next generation.

By then, the Coalition government would have forced through further marketisation of the National Health Service, building on the work of New Labour.

In other words, by then Cameron and Clegg will be halfway to imposing the burden of the capitalist crisis on the backs of ordinary working people.

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Nevertheless, A World to Win supports the TUC’s call for a massive demonstration against the Coalition and urges members and supporters to join our contingent. We will not be marching simply to register a protest against the government’s policies, which are directly driven by the deepening capitalist economic and financial crisis.

AWTW will campaign for a way forward beyond March 26 that is not dependent on the manoeuvres of the TUC leadership. We will urge:

  1. leaders of trade unions opposed to the TUC right wing to call their own conference to plan joint action against the Coalition
  2. occupations of town halls, universities, colleges and other workplaces to block job losses and the destruction of services
  3. the removal of discredited local councillors and their replacement by trade union and community representatives
  4. the creation of a network of People’s Assemblies to build a sustained challenge to the government’s authority.

As the resolution adopted at the National Assembly of Education said, People’s Assemblies can:

  1. unite students, education workers, trade unionists, community groups and all those resisting austerity and ConDem cuts, as well as climate change activists, campaigners for human rights, migrant support networks and anti-racist groups.
  2. develop an alternative democratic voice and long-term presence to effectively challenge corporate/financial power and its grip on the existing political system.

A key role for Assemblies would be the development of alternative economic models to the failed profit system. We have to take the opportunity presented by the crisis to set out what we are for as well as what we are against, and from there develop a strategy to win a struggle for power.

9 February 2011


 

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