Unions signal 'class war' over cuts

Striking workers in Greece
Striking workers in Greece

By politics.co.uk staff

The RMT union has tabled a motion demanding "coordinated" action against government cuts at next month's TUC conference.

The transport union said the blueprint was designed to show how communities and trade unions could fight back against the "class warfare" of the coalition government.

"The TUC has to be the launch-pad for the fight back against the coalition government's decision to launch all out class warfare through their unprecedented attack on our communities, public services, welfare state and transport system," RMT general secretary Bob Crow said.

"Our defence must be built on generalised strike action and community resistance in the biggest public mobilisation since the anti-poll tax movement."

The motions calls for an immediate summit to discuss how to best coordinate action, the establishment of a "broad alliance" against cuts, a national demonstration, lobby of parlimanet and national days of protest.

"RMT is in no doubt that the government is using the deficit as a thinly veiled cover to engage in an ideological dismantling of the state and an attack on workers, and the most vulnerable in our society, which goes far further than even the dark days of Thatcher," Mr Crow added.

"As well as setting out plans for our own co-ordinated industrial and community action we also send a message of solidarity to our comrades in Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and elsewhere who are fighting similar cuts to jobs, standards of living and public services."


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