The one-day public sector strike on Nov 30th is not only getting support from the workers themselves but also from other sections of society. Here we publish a letter from a school student showing how they too are behind the strikers and their fight against the Tory attacks.
The one-day public sector strike on Nov 30th is not only getting support from the
workers themselves but also from other sections of society. Here we
publish a letter from a school student showing how they too are behind
the strikers and their fight against the Tory attacks:
of November should be actively supported by all school students and is a vital opportunity
to link the struggles together.
average, 50% more into their pension fund; will work longer- for some ‘til 68- and
will receive less in their pension. This means that “[a] teacher
retiring at age 60 under the new arrangements would receive a pension of
£13,800 – a loss of £5,300 per year compared with the £19,100 pension under the
two years- during a world economic crisis- the number of British billionaires
has increased by 17%, and in 2010, bonuses in the City of London reached £14bn,
an increase on the £12bn paid out in 2008. The rich continue to weasel out of
contributing to the welfare state, leaving us with a hefty tax gap- estimates
of its size vary from 42-£120bn- while the government lands the burden of
austerity on public services rather than the incomes of the super-wealthy. You
don’t have to be a statistician to see the injustice.
alone, but a struggle to be supported by all those- unemployed youth, students
facing up to £53,000 of debt, disabled people losing their benefits- who have
nothing to gain from this government. Young people have seen EMA, Connexions
centres and youth services scrapped. Over a million young people are now on the
dole, with some being made to work for their benefits for months at a time, no
job guaranteed. For many, the present is desperate, and for most, the future is
take it. And the upcoming strike is a key moment when we can intervene to ramp
up the anti-cuts struggle.
signatures for a petition; write letters to the local paper, MP or school Head;
but most importantly, get to the picket lines and the demonstrations. In the
run up to November 30th, student activists should give out flyers,
put up posters, and use mobile phones, facebook and twitter to promote local
way to smash the divisive tactics of the government and the right-wing Press, which
will argue that a strike by teachers is an attack on parents and school
students. The education professionals’ union ‘Voice’, for example, forbids its
members from striking because it believes that “all those involved in education and childcare should make the best
interests of children and students their first and overwhelming priority.”
We must show that the biggest strike since 1979 is in the best interests of
young people, and that mass unemployment and austerity is the real attack.
and discuss with teachers and fellow students how we can move forward beyond
the strike. Make sure to remember which students come out in support, and
collect their details so that you can stay in touch and organise with them. Work
on building a network of school students committed to fighting for free
education and a better future for young people in your area. This is the first
step towards a National School Students’ Union with branches across the country,
which we should view as a long term goal. Most of all, however boring the march
(TUC demos sometimes feel like a pleasant stroll) and however biting the cold,
get onto the streets with the festival-spirit of collective strength that we’re
going to need in the ups and downs of the months and years ahead.