All those who support the public services should actively promote these strikes, alongside the political demands that provide solutions to the current crisis.
The UK energy consumer price inflation rate is more than double the OECD average. The Tory government is blaming the Ukraine war, when the dizzyingly high level of energy price inflation is down to UK government policy choices. Labour should back the TUC’s proposals as they would help tackle this energy cost crisis.
The ‘Americanising’ of the British economy and society:
attack real wages and living standards; anti-strike legislation; further privatisation especially of the NHS; roll-back of efforts to tackle climate change; renewed deregulation of the City of London; and whipping up a frenzy against migrants and refugees to act as a distraction.
The unions engaged in this strike wave need political and material support. Labour movement activists, in every locality, should be working together to build up such solidarity.
Everything possible, both within trade unions and from outside, should be done to build and support the wave of strikes.
The resistance to the Tories offensive being led by the unions and the increasing orientation of Labour’s left wing members to this strike wave is encouraging a radicalisation within Labour.