Call for a Coalition of Resistance Against Cuts and Privatisation
The Coalition of Resistance statement calling for a mass campaign against the Con-Dem cuts and associated attacks on the welfare state has already been signed by dozens of trade unionists and activists.
We are now asking others to join us.
Please add your name to the statement, including any position you hold. Please get others to sign.
Join the fight against the cuts locally, and come to the national conference at the Camden Centre in London on 27 November 2010.
The conference will propose radical alternatives to the austerity threatening millions, and will plan the fightback to defend the living standards and services of the majority.
Across Europe, governments representing bankers and the rich are imposing austerity on working people and the poor. But in Greece, Spain, France, and elsewhere, the austerity measures have been met with mass strikes and protests.
The conference will hear speakers representing the Europe-wide resistance, as well as activists from anti-cuts and anti-privatisation groups across Britain. With main sessions and workshops, there will be opportunity to pool experience, share ideas, and debate tactics with a wide range of other activists.
The Con-Dem Coalition plans the most savage attacks on working people since the 1930s. It plans to dismantle the post-war welfare state. It is doing this in the interests of a tiny minority of bankers, bosses, and super-rich.
We have to get organised. We have to build the resistance. We have to prepare a massive fightback to ensure that working people and the poor do not pay, yet again, for the crisis of a system they do not control.
Call for a Coalition of Resistance Against Cuts and Privatisation
It is time to organise a broad movement of active resistance to the Con-Dem Government’s budget intentions. They plan the most savage spending cuts since the 1930s, which will wreck the lives of millions by devastating our
jobs, pay, pensions, NHS, education, transport, postal and other services.
The Government claims the cuts are unavoidable because the welfare state has been too generous. This is nonsense. The national debt is only so large because of the £800bn banking bailout. Ordinary people are being forced to
pay for the bankers’ profligacy.
The £11 billion welfare cuts, rise in VAT to 20%, and 25% reductions across government departments target the most vulnerable – disabled people, single parents, those on housing benefit, Black and other ethnic minority communities, students, migrant workers, LGBT people and pensioners.
Women are expected to bear 75% of the burden. The poorest will be hit six times harder than the richest. Internal Treasury documents estimate 1.3 million job losses in public and private sectors.
We reject this malicious vandalism and resolve to campaign for a radical alternative, with the level of determination shown by trade unionists and social movements in Greece and other European countries.
This government of millionaires says ‘we’re all in it together’ and ‘there is no alternative’. But, for the wealthy: corporation tax is being cut, the bank levy is a pittance, and top salaries and bonuses have already been
restored to pre-crash levels.
An alternative budget would place the banks under democratic control, and raise revenue by increasing tax for the rich, plugging tax loopholes, withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, abolishing the nuclear ‘deterrent’,
cancelling the Trident replacement.
An alternative strategy could use these resources to: support welfare; develop homes, schools, and hospitals; and foster a green approach to public spending – investing in renewable energy and public transport, thereby
creating a million jobs.
We commit ourselves to:
- oppose cuts and privatisation in our workplaces, community and welfare services
- fight rising unemployment and support organisations of unemployed people
- develop and support an alternative programme for economic and social recovery
- oppose all proposals to ‘solve’ the crisis through racism and other forms of scapegoating
- liaise closely with similar opposition movements in other countries
- organise information, meetings, conferences, marches and demonstrations
- support the development of a national coordinating Coalition of Resistance
We urge those who support this statement to build THE ORGANISING CONFERENCE,
27 NOVEMBER 2010, at Camden Centre, Town Hall, London, WC1H 9JE (opp. St
Can’t Pay! Won’t Pay!
Caroline Lucas MP
John McDonnell MP
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Mark Serwotka – General Secretary PCS
Bob Crow – General Secretary RMT
Jeremy Dear – General Secretary NUJ
Michelle Stanistreet – Deputy General Secretary, NUJ
Frank Cooper, President of the National Pensioners Convention
Dot Gibson, General Secretary of the National Pensioners Convention
John Hendy QC
Kevin Courtney – Deputy General Secretary NUT
Cllr Salma Yaqoob
Lee Jasper – Joint Coordnator Black Activists Rise Against Cuts [BARAC]
Zita Holbourne – Joint Coordinator of BARAC campaign & PCS National Executive
Ashok Kumar – VP Education & Welfare LSE Student Union (SU)
Hilary Wainwright – Red Pepper
Francis Beckett – Author
David Weaver Chair of the 1990 Trust
Viv Ahmun Director Equanomics UK
Paul Mackney – former General Secretary NATFHE/UCU
Clare Solomon – President University of London Union (ULU)
Lindsey German – Convenor, Stop the War Coalition (personal capacity)
Andrew Burgin – Archivist
John Rees – Counterfire
Romayne Phoenix – Green Party
Joseph Healy – Secretary Green Left
Fred Leplat – Islington Unison
Neil Faulkner – Archaeologist and Historian
Alf Filer – Socialist Resistance
James Meadway – economist
Cherry Sewell – UCU
Alan Thornett – Socialist Resistance
Peter Hallward – Professor of Modern European Philosophy
Matteo Mandarini – Historical Materialism Editorial Board
John Nicholson – Secretary Convention of the Left
Michael Chessum – UCL SU Education & Campaigns Officer
Mark Curtis – Writer
Sean Rillo Raczka – Chair, Birkbeck College Students’ Union, NUS NEC
Robyn Minogue – UoArts NUS Officer
Prince Johnson – President Institute of Education SU
Roy Bailey – Fuse Records
Gary Herman – (CPBF National Council member, in personal capacity)
Louis Hartnoll – President UoArts SU
Sarah Ruiz – former RESPECT Councillor and Community Activist in Newham
Mary Pearson – National Union of Teachers, Vice President Birmingham Trades Union Council
Joe Glenholmes – Unison, Life Member Birmingham Trades Union Council Baljeet Ghale – NUT Past President
Jane Holgate – Chair of Hackney Unite and Secretary of Hackney TUC
Marshajane Thompson – Labour Representation Committee NC
Chris Baugh, PCS Assistant General Secretary
Trevor Phillips – Campaigner
Stathis Kouvelakis, UCU, King’s College London
Hugh Kerr, former MEP
Nina Power Senior lecturer in Philosophy, Roehampton University
Norman Jemmison, NATFHE Past President, NPC
Kitty Fitzgerald, Poet and Novelist
Iain Banks. Author
Arthur Smith, Comedian
Anne Orwin Actor
To sign the statement email : firstname.lastname@example.org