UK: 2 million strike to save their pensions

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The right-wing Tory attempts to belittle public-sector industrial action rang pathetically hollow Nov. 30 as millions of workers joined the fight against government-imposed pension cuts.

Services across England, Scotland and Wales ground to a halt in the strongest show of union strength in a generation.

Schools, courts, museums and job centers were paralyzed in the 24-hour strike which also brought extensive disruption to transport, hospitals and government departments.

In Scotland over 300,000 workers took to the streets while in Wales an estimated 170,000 walked out in opposition to the brutal cuts.

Rallies up and down England drew tens of thousands - and received the overwhelming support of the public.

Speaking at a rally in Birmingham, England, TUC  (Trades Union Congress, The national trade union center in the UK) general secretary Brendan Barber said: "On this unprecedented day when 30 unions have members taking action together we are sending a crystal-clear message to the government.

"That we are strong, that we are united, and that our campaign will go on until we secure justice and fairness for every public servant."

PCS (Public and Commercial Services Union) general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "The government is carrying out a massive raid on pensions which is a reflection of its unrelenting mismanagement of the economy.

"Suffering and misery are a price the government wants us to pay - this is an all-out attack on public services."

This article was originally published in the Morning Star newspaper. Pictured above is the newspaper's current front page.

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  • The "Shelly" here is the literary giant, Shelley.

    Posted by E.E.W. Clay, 12/02/2011 1:38pm (4 years ago)

  • Just as surely as our great Frederic Engels quoted the monumental Thomas Carlyle, lauded Byron and especially points up the genius of Shelly, in his work on the great strike in Britain in 1842, from centers of Birmingham, Manchester and Lancashire, this current strike is historically more significant(1842 a turning point in working class history, as Engels explains).
    That this strike is necessarily connected with the world-wide Occupy movement is also crystal clear.
    That the general public will be up in arms to protect consumers of public goods produced by public workers with union protection is essential for the working class, for this protects all workers and their healthy economic investment prospects-which will be directly taken from finance capital's coffers and returned to those who ultimately placed these munificent resources in these coffers: the exploited working class.
    Unity, prosperity, peace and investment for the working people, in Britain, the United States, and all over the world.

    Posted by E.E.W. Clay, 12/02/2011 1:21pm (4 years ago)

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