“The Tories have made their intentions clear. Their “solutions” to the crisis are solutions for their class; we must fight for the socialist solutions that benefit ours. Join the fightback and join us this Sunday at Labour Party conference.”
By Sam Browse, Labour Assembly Against Austerity
This Sunday (September 25th), activists, trade unionists, and MPs will gather at the Labour Assembly Against Austerity rally at Labour Party conference, entitled ‘Take the fight to the Tories – for socialist solutions to the crisis’.
And it’s important we do – because Friday’s mini-budget was a loud and defiant declaration of class war from this Government of the bosses and for the bosses.
The Chancellor gleefully announced tax cuts for the big corporations, unrestricted bankers bonuses, and an end to the 45p tax rate. As prices soar, wages crash, and millions struggle with eye watering energy bills, the chief beneficiaries of Tory policy couldn’t be clearer: fat cat bankers, the astronomically wealthy, and the big business owners.
We saw the dress rehearsal for this all-out assault earlier this year, as inflation ripped into wages and bosses refused to offer pay rises – despite record profits.
The trade unions led a summer of resistance to the cost of living crisis – and continue to bring the fight to the bosses and their representatives in parliament. Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng’s reheated – but rabid – Thatcherism will necessitate more action to defend pay and conditions.
And they know it. That’s why they’ve announced further restrictions on trade unions and our right to resist. The proposals join the mountain of authoritarian anti-protest laws designed to intimidate or stop all those resisting the Tory offensive.
Now is the time to unite all those leading the resistance to the class war being waged by the new Prime Minister and her coterie of neoliberal ideologues – and rally the fightback.
That’s why the Labour Assembly Against Austerity will bring together figures from across our movement at the rally on Sunday. Speakers include John McDonnell, Dave Ward – CWU General Secretary, Diane Abbott, Mick Lynch – RMT General Secretary, Shami Chakrabarti, Mark Serwotka – PCS General Secretary, Bell Ribeiro-Addy, Ruth Hayes – Unite EC & Labour Women’s Committee, Kim Johnson, Cat Hobbs – from We Own It, Rebecca Long Bailey, and Richard Burgon.
The Tories have made their intentions clear. Their “solutions” to the crisis are solutions for their class – that enrich the bosses and bankers, empower the spivs and speculators, and embolden the profiteers and privatisers. Together, we must fight for the socialist solutions that benefit ours. Join us on Sunday and join the fightback.
- “Take the fight to the Tories, for socialist solutions to the crisis” – join the Labour Assembly Against Austerity fringe on Sunday 25th September at 5.30PM.
- You can follow the Labour Assembly Against Austerity on Facebook and twitter.