There have been more promises at the TUC conference that the country will be crippled by strike action with Unison, Unite, the GMB and the Fire Brigades’ Union stating that they will consult members about co-ordinated industrial action. November is the month that the first of the strikes will start. The Government have said that the strikes will only serve to make the public angry, but the public sector are right to fight for their pensions.
To many occupations don’t have the luxury of union support and suffer as the result of it. Yes, unions don’t have the strenghth that they may have had in the 70’s and 80’s, but they still an important part of society. How many comrades do you know that work for private small companies, that are not given rights that they are entiled to, bullied at work or sacked for no reason? I’m sure ACAS are busier than they have ever been. Unions may not be able to resolve all that ails you but at least you are not on your own.
Solidarity is the key, and with a general strike perhaps the Tories may listen to the majority of the people they are meant to represent and not the privelidged few. If you read this and have a vote ensure you vote for action; there will be many more people on the streets to support you.
“Yes, I know you are angry” – Hilarious
“Industrial action is wrong while in talks with the Government” – It’s the way I tell ’em (said with an irish accent).
So he should be heckled with a few tomatoes and cabbages thrown as well. It is the same appeasing rhetoric he used on March 26th, announcing that he understands the anger at the cuts in services (ironically Mayfair was being smashed up as he spoke), but striking is not the answer.
What is the answer – it’s obvious that all the parties ‘are in it together’, whilst we are in it on our own.
Unfortunately this isn’t a story about a local working class barber taking vengeance upon Mr Cameron, it is Brendan Barber, the lovable (?) TUC leader, denouncing Cameron’s response to the riots:
A society that ranks among the most unequal anywhere in the developed world; where a super rich elite have been allowed to float free from the rest of us; where a generation of young people are growing up without work, without prospects, without hope. Rather than addressing the complex long-term factors that lie behind the alienation – the poverty, the lack of social mobility, young lives stunted by hope denied – they have instead reached for simplistic cliches about moral decay.
And yet as they have retreated to Victorian language about the undeserving poor, they have said nothing about moral disintegration among the rich
Unions are no longer as strong as they used to be as industry in this country has declined; the public sector now represent the majority of union membership, and Mr Barber will need to get everyone on board in order to attack the policies of the Tories and prove that the TUC is not toothless. There is a need to call a general strike, but whether or not it would be supported is another thing; to lose a days money can be crippling for some people.