NPA 31 meeting: General mobilization!
With Simon Hannah (British trade unionist) and NPA activists
We must raise wages, freeze prices and tax wealth!
Unheard of for nearly 30 years. At the end of August, tens of thousands of British workers returned to a major strike movement in all sectors. As in France, the British are facing rising prices making life unbearable. It’s about getting pay rises to live with dignity. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of Britons frustrated by skyrocketing electricity bills and looming restrictions have said they no longer want to pay their energy bills from October 1. With the Queen’s death, the country entered a fortnight’s truce. But there is strong reason to think that the movements will resume.
In France, this should inspire us. The September 29 interprofessional strike and October 16 high-cost-of-living march could be the start of a movement to secure inflation-indexed wage increases, price freezes, and the abandonment of insurance reforms. unemployment and pensions!
What we lack is the unity of the world of work, of the precarious, of the youth and of the organizations of the labor movement. Here again, the English example should inspire us. On October 11 in Toulouse, we will be happy to discuss it with Simon Hannah, head of the Lambeth UNISON union and author of the book Can’t Pay Won’t Pay, retracing the history of the great movement to stop the reform of the Poll Tax, in the 90s. A huge unitary and victorious rebellion, made up of strikes, marches and blockades ending in the reign of Thatcher, the iron lady.