Everything possible, both within trade unions and from outside, should be done to build and support the wave of strikes.
The present Tory offensive is the biggest attack on the majority of the population in the lifetime of all except the very oldest in this country. The political stakes are that high.
The economic project of the Truss government overall has no prospects at all of meeting its stated aim of increasing the trend rate of growth in the economy.
The sole important obstacle to severe further damage to living standards, public services and wider society that are central to the project is the resistance being mounted by many trade unions and their members.
The biggest strikes so far this summer will begin on Friday 26 August as 115,000 postal workers will come out for a “dignified, proper pay rise”. They should be supported across the entire labour movement.
Socialists support the striking rail workers and any others who enter the fray.
At the same, the Business Investment strike must be broken for any realistic possibility of a sustained rise in living standards.
By Nicky Dempsey
Unions in a number of European countries have called a mass one-day strike for November 14. It is the first time since the crisis began that co-ordinated industrial action has been organised in a number of different countries. It represents an important step forward in the growing collaboration between the workers’ organisations in a number of countries and poses the question of a European-wide action programme to deal with the crisis.