----We are damned if we vote the bastards out, and damned if we don't... VOTE LABOUR - Then the 'BROTHERS' won't make the nation pay!
Sorry, but I see a pattern emerging... 100 years of it...
No-one wants or deserves job losses, and there is NO correct way... other than REMEMBERING WHY THEY ARE DOING THIS! Sorry, but I honestly HOPE that strikers cause MORE job losses if they are going to hold a nation to ransom... we are well renowned for never giving way to terrorist demands.
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Labour are right behind you, Harriet Harman tells strike-hungry
By Becky Barrow and Tim Shipman
Last updated at 11:43 AM on 14th September 2010
* Harman says unions have democratic right to protest
* Brendan Barber: 'Every public service is under threat'
* Cuts 'will make Britain 'darker, brutish and more frightening'
* RMT chief Bob Crow: 'We lie down or stand up and fight'
* Union giants join forces for series of co-ordinated strikes
* Downing Street says PM wants to work WITH unions
Harriet Harman backed a union campaign against spending cuts yesterday by saying Labour would support coordinated strike action.
The acting opposition leader spoke out as union chiefs declared
war on the ‘demolition Government’ and warned of ‘a movement of such scale that you have never seen before’.
At the opening of the Trades Union Congress annual conference in Manchester, they said a bitter fight against the cuts had begun – and would not end until they won.
Union members voted yesterday to co-ordinate their actions for
maximum impact, with just one delegate – pilot Jim McAuslan – in a room of 700 voting against the plan.
It means Britain is facing a bitter series of strikes, protests,
demonstrations and civil disobedience which could start as early as next month and last for years.
In a dramatic lurch to the left by Labour, which condemned
widespread strike action while in government, Miss Harman
endorsed plans for a nationwide campaign of civil disobedience
and workplace walk-outs saying Labour would support union
attempts to ‘campaign, demonstrate and protest’.
Speaking at the TUC, she said: ‘We will not be silenced by the
right wing charaterising protest as undemocratic. Trade
unionists have the democratic right to protest.
‘We will not be deterred by suggestions that this is illegitimate. It is perfectly within the law. We will not be cowed by accusations that this is irresponsible and putting services at risk – the very opposite is true. We will fight back.’
In a series of furious attacks on the coalition Government, union barons attacked the cuts which they branded ‘a chainsaw to our public services’.
Brendan Barber, general secretary of the TUC, said it stood ready to co-ordinate industrial action and slammed the ‘insulting claptrap’ of Government ministers.
He added: ‘But what we’ve now got is not just a coalition
government, but a demolition government.
‘The government’s determination to drive through massive
spending cuts, which will not only devastate the services we rely on, will do untold damage to our economic prospects.’
He warned that the cuts would ‘make Britain a darker, brutish,
more frightening place’.
Gail Cartmel, of Unite, Britain’s biggest union, said: ‘The fight
ahead of us is the fight of our lives, and it is the fight we must
Union bosses vowed to enlist support from workers who do not
belong to unions, but object to cuts.
The impact of their actions could be crippling, with unions
affiliated to the TUC representing around 6.5million workers.
Dave Prentis, of Unison, the largest public sector union, warned: ‘We will move to co-ordinate industrial action to defend all that we hold dear.’ To wild applause, he said it was not his members who should be facing a pay freeze, but ‘greedy and arrogant’ bankers.
Matt Wrack, of the Fire Brigades Union, warned: ‘This is not a
war on the poor but a war on the majority of the population.’
He said the cuts, which will be outlined at the comprehensive
spending review in October, were lunacy.
Mark Serwotka, of the Public and Commerical Services Union,
said strikes were inevitable unless the Government changed
He said he did not want ‘a single penny to be cut and not a single job to be lost’.
Bob Crow, the militant leader of the Rail Maritime and
Transport union, urged delegates to stand up and fight.
But Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said yesterday that
government spending was unsustainable.
‘We literally can’t carry on like that,’ he said. Speaking to Radio
4’s Today programme, he said the pain will be distributed as
fairly as possible.
Labour leadership favourite David Miliband last night spoke out
against plans for mass protest.
The shadow foreign secretary refused to say that he would join a union rally against the coalition’s cuts next month.
He was the only Labour leadership candidate to stop short of a
pledge to turn out for the protest on October 19, the day before details of the spending review are published.
In a stark warning about the dangers of union plans to oppose
all cuts, Mr Miliband said ‘opposition was not enough’ and
warned that protests risk alienating the public.
He said the focus should be on political action to throw the
Tories out. ‘Let’s get voters back on our side. Unless we have got public opinion on our side we are not going to succeed,’ he said.
‘These plans need to be defeated. But they will only be defeated if they are defeated politically.’
In a break with tradition, no Cabinet minister is addressing this
year’s TUC after an invitation to Business Secretary Vince Cable
International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell, who
attended a fringe meeting, said: ‘What we’re looking for from the TUC this week is a constructive approach to how we tackle these problems.’ Mr Mitchell is thought to be the first Tory minister
ever to speak at the TUC conference.
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Union leaders warn of strikes and deep unrest over 'cuts that hurt poor'
TUC annual conference will hear calls for industrial action and
national demonstrations spreading to 2011. Nigel Morris reports
Monday, 13 September 2010
Harriet Harman: Labour's acting leader says party feels 'militant' about planned cuts in public services.
Union leaders will today endorse plans for the biggest show of
industrial muscle for two decades including co-odinated
industrial action, days of protest and national demonstrations
against the Government's austerity measures. Brendan Barber,
the TUC general secretary, will evoke the spirit of the poll-tax
protests at the opening of the TUC's annual conference in
The resistance is expected to begin next month, on the eve of
Chancellor George Osborne's comprehensive spending review,
and come to a head in spring 2011 as the impact of the cuts begins to be felt. Some left-wing unions are pressing for more dramatic action, calling for strikes to begin this year or even raising the prospect of campaigns of civil disobedience against the cuts. The divisions over tactics will be made clear as the TUC begins its annual gathering with a debate over how to defend spending on public services.
A study by the GMB union yesterday suggested that 150,000
posts are being cut in 150 public-sector organisations, including government departments, NHS trusts, police authorities and the fire service. Analysis by The Independent last week also discovered that 45,000 job losses are already in the pipeline in
local authorities as town halls attempt to cut spending by about 25 per cent.
The TUC will approve joint campaigns of industrial action, at
local and national level, against redundancies, pay-cuts and
reductions to pension entitlements. The unions will attempt to
tap into wider community opposition to the spending squeeze in an attempt to create a "progressive alliance", arguing that the
pace of the cuts is reckless and that jobs vital to the quality of life
will be lost.
Plans are being drawn up for a lobby of Parliament on 19
October, the day before the spending cuts are detailed, and for a national protest next March. The unions will have Labour's
broad backing regardless of which of the leadership contenders, who will appear at a TUC hustings today, wins the contest.
Harriet Harman, the party's acting leader, who also addresses the conference today, said yesterday that no one wanted to see
strikes, but added that Labour felt "militant" about the effect of
the planned cuts on public services.
Mr Barber yesterday stressed that the movement did not envisage a general strike, but acknowledged that "difficult disputes" were ahead as unions sought to defend jobs and conditions. He is attempting to keep some lines of communications open with the government in the hope that will be "fruitful" confrontations
rather than head-on ones.
But Bob Crow, the hardline general secretary of the Rail Maritime and Transport union, called for a campaign of civil
disobedience, suggesting that protesters could block major roads by sitting on them. Referring to protests by the Fathers For Justice group, he said: "Maybe we need Batman climbing up 10 Downing street, and Spider-Man on Buckingham Palace." He added: "Unions should also link up together because we are confronting the same enemy; otherwise they will be picked off one at a time."
Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial
Services union, which represents civil servants, also called for
co-ordinated protests to prevent a "bleak" future for workers. He warned that industrial action was inevitable and could start as early as this year. Mr Serwotka said 100,000 civil service posts had already been lost in six years, but added: "We ain't seen nothing yet. People are very worried and demoralised and are just waiting for things to get worse."
But Les Bayliss, who is standing to become the general secretary of Unite, warned that a wave of public-sector strikes would be counter-productive, turning trade unionists into the "villains of the piece". He said: "The story will get changed from government savagery to union militancy. The Tories will hit us with even more restrictive laws and working people will look away in disgust."
As ministers continue negotiations over ways of cutting the
£155bn national deficit, the government was thrown on the
defensive by a leaked letter from Mr Osborne which outlined
plans to cut benefits for the sick and disabled by £2.5bn a year.
According to the memo, he signalled that agreement had been
reached to make the saving on spending on the employment and support allowance, the successor to incapacity benefit.
The move was described by Labour as a "vicious cut on the
poorest" and condemned by disability charities. But Danny
Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said things had
"moved on" since the letter was written. He told Sky News:
"Tackling the enormous deficit that Labour left us with is
essential to underpinning the economic recovery. If we don't do that in the way that the Labour leadership candidates (who seem to be in denial about the mess that they left the country in) would say, then we would end up in a worse economic position than if we took the action we are taking to reduce the deficit."
The TUC yesterday released research concluding that the poorest 10 per cent of people will be hit 13 times harder by the cuts than the richest 10 per cent in the year 2012-13. It echoed a study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies which described Mr Osborne's Budget as generally "regressive", hitting the poorest the hardest in the long term.
The TUC said single parents and pensioners would bear the brunt of the cuts, which would also fall more heavily in the North than the South of England. Mr Barber said: "This is the classic doublethink. They might say progressive, but these cuts will
make the poll tax look as if it was dreamt up by Robin Hood."
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