Socialist Worker

They say people don’t back the strikes. But we do

by Sadie Robinson
Published Tue 28 Jun 2011
Issue No. 2258

Michael Gove and the rest of the millionaire Tories claim that ordinary people don’t back the strikes on 30 June.

But this is just another Tory lie. They might not support the strikes, but working class activists across Britain do.

Claire Locke is the president‑elect of the student union at London Metropolitan University.

She told Socialist Worker, “When public sector workers strike on 30 June, students will support them.

“I’ll be going to my son’s school to join the picket line there.

“We are all under attack—whether it’s our jobs, education, health service or pensions—and we need united action against the government.”

Other groups of workers are organising to back the strikes.

The Prison Officers’ Association called on members to hold lunchtime walkouts in solidarity.

Strikers and others have set up hundreds of protests and rallies across Britain.

The UK Uncut campaigning group called on members to take breakfast to pickets to show support for the action.

Ellie, a UK Uncut activist, spoke to a packed Unite the Resistance meeting in London on Wednesday of last week to build support for the strikes.

“Striking is a form of direct action and we support it,” she said.

“This is about the sort of society we want to live in.

“I don’t want to live in a society where job centres hand out vouchers to the poor and where access to healthcare is based on money.”

Left wing Labour MP John McDonnell spoke at the same meeting to pledge his support as well.

“30 June will be the greatest act of solidarity in a generation,” he said.

“We’re going to win because we’ve got to win.”


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