The whole of society has reason to be grateful to the continuing fight that the education unions – especially the NEU – have led on this, but it’s clear that the struggle continues and will have to be part of the fight for a Zero COVID strategy.
Diane Abbott MP and Morning Star Editor Ben Chacko explain why they are launching a Zero Covid Coalition.
Across the Western imperialist countries a Third Wave has already begun or is clearly coming. The situation in these countries, including Britain, is likely to get worse. Only a Zero Covid policy offers the prospect of eradication of the virus and an end to catastrophic loss of life and disastrous loss of jobs.
The latest easing measures begun on December 2nd with further easing scheduled for the holiday period seems certain to revive the numbers of cases and then, with a slight delay, an increase in hospitalisations and deaths.
There is no ‘trade-off’ between combatting the virus and protecting the economy, as ministers and others frequently claim.
There should be proper compensation for workers, who should receive 100% of their pay. This is easily affordable.
The government of an advanced industrialised country may choose to engineer a sharp rise in unemployment in an attempt to restore profitability, or it may choose to try to cut wages. But both stratagems entail high risk. Combining the two is exceptionally high risk. Under the cloak of the public health crisis which their own policies have helped to create, the current government is attempting such a strategy.