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30 June: It’s right to strike!

Next step – general strike to bring down the Tories

By Richard Brenner

THE TORIES have tried to threaten the trade union movement not to strike against their vicious cuts.
So deep is the hatred that millions of working class people feel for the Tory cuts that one after another our unions have voted for action.

First half a million marched through London on 26 March. Then we saw ballots for strike action by the teachers’ unions NUT and ATL, by the lecturers’ union UCU and by the civil servants’ PCS. And, one after another, the results came in: massive majorities for strikes against the Coalition’s attack on pensions.
92 percent in the NUT. 83 percent in the ATL. 65 percent in the UCU. And 61 percent in the PCS. A clear and overwhelming mandate for a massive one-day public sector strike on 30 June.

“Not so!” cried the Tories. “You may have got a majority of the votes, but when you take the turnout into account, you do not have a majority of your members voting for action.”

They can talk! Together they got just 38.5% of the electorate to back one or another of their parties – and that was before people realised what their real policy of axing front line services really was.

So when the Tories say we should not strike, the answer is simple: on your own argument your government is illegitimate. Stand down or we’ll bring you down in a massive wave of strikes, and a general strike where we all strike together and stay out until we win.

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