Mass Strikes on 23rd March Against Pensions Robbery?

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Barry Kade
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Feb 13 2005 18:17
Mass Strikes on 23rd March Against Pensions Robbery?

On 23rd March this year we could see 1.25 million unionised workers take united strike action to defend pensions - unless of course the trade union leaders stich up some shoddy compromise to save Blair.

What attitude do anarchists, libertarian communists and anti-authoritarians take to this?

Capitalist attacks mean workers are being robbed of their pension rights....and the bosses of the neo-liberal economy are talking about raising our retirement age till 70 - work till you die...This is a major capitalist assault on the majority in society.

Just for your info, in the next month or so, the following workers will vote in ballots on whether to take strike action on 23rd march: 800,000 Unison unionised workers in local government; 290,000 Civil service workers in the PCS Union; 80,000 TGWU organised local government workers; 20,000 Amicus unionised local government workers, 20,000 Ucatt unionised building workers in local government - these will be balloting in feb-march for the 23rd march strike.

There are also hundreds of thousands more Firefighters, teachers and further education workers ballots in the pipeline over pensions.

The TUC 'day of action' is on 18th Feb. This will be mainly local rallies, organised by grassroots activists. But it can be a stepping stone, to get momentum for the 23rd March and beyond.

Barry Kade
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Feb 13 2005 18:37

Exactly....

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Mike Harman
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Feb 13 2005 19:13

...where jesters make farce...

lmao

Lazlo_Woodbine
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Feb 13 2005 19:26

Mr. T

The TUC are holding a 'day of action' next friday 18th feb, that is liable to be pretty soggy but still a good chance for people to get together and make links and plans.

Personally I think the chance of massive strikes by massive unions soon is very unlikely, and is a bargaining pose. I'm surprised that the LP conference hasn't produced an almighty stitch-up already between Prescott and the bureaucrats. By all means let's prepare for action but let's also prepare to have the strikes called off at the last minute or thereabouts.

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Nick Durie
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Feb 13 2005 22:36
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What attitude do anarchists, libertarian communists and anti-authoritarians take to this?

GENERAL STRIKE!!!

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NOW!!

I think I could say I'm broadly favour of this development. wink

Nick Durie
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Feb 13 2005 22:57

I think Revol is being a tad harsh, as I don't think even the worst offenders as regards the liberal anti-capitalist stuff would be against the vestiges of the working class movement dropping the drive to give all their members credit cards for a few seconds and actually fighting back for the working class. Unless of course I'm giving 'the anti-capitalist movement' and the green mob too much credit.

I think often class struggle comrades and greens fall out so much more due to the language they use and the prejudices they have rather than genuine ideological differences. For example phraseology like "ecological direct action" makes me feel really extremely uncomfortable, but the idea of saving a patch of peoples' greenspace from blood-drenched bourgeois interests doesn't sound half bad to me, and I've done that kind of thing myself.

It's also recently come to my attention that there are many within said A.C.M. have no real background in socialist politics, which can mean that things we take for granted come across as frightening and foreign, like the ideaa of having a workshop on the ideas of Marx at an anarchist dayschool, or discussion of 'the labour aristocracy'.

There is also the question of the class background of some of our green comrades which could potentially cause some of our green comrades to be put on the defensive (this has actually happened to me, where I've been speaking to people who have no socialist background and have been talking about 'the bourgeoisie' or whatever and they've assumed I meant them). I'm not sure how I feel about this issue but it seems natural that someone who's never wanted for money or educational options politics could be up their arse.

That said, at the end of the day, I think the best option for the anarchist movement now is to catalyse more working class people into our movement rather than concentrating on countering the upper middle class hippy politics of some within the wider movement, which is liable to be time consuming and difficult.

Raise The Red Flag,

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Lazlo_Woodbine
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Feb 13 2005 23:51

Do any of you really think the TU leaders will take this one to the wire? Assuming they don't -- what can we do to build on their flimsy foundations?

"TUC Off Your Knees! General Strike Now!"

Nick Durie wrote:
I think often class struggle comrades and greens fall out so much more due to the language they use and the prejudices they have rather than genuine ideological differences.

Nick talks sense! 8)

Joe Hill
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Feb 14 2005 01:14

Also, zobag, this could be an example of your absolute surplus value.

And, yes, Lazlo, he does, but there is nothing new here. Who were the scabs in the 1926 srike? Yes, the students...

Did the t &G support the miners - no. Divided and ruled and anarchist wishes can' change it.

(Sob...)