Support the strikes on 10 May

On Thursday 10 May, hospital workers in the Unite union, civil servants in the PCS union and college and university lecturers in the UCU union are going on strike. The dispute is primarily about the Tory-led government’s attack on their pensions. The government wants them to work longer, pay more into their pensions and get less at the end.

But the strike is also about the attacks this government is making on all of us – the cuts to our benefits, the job losses, the pasty tax, pay cuts for us and tax cuts for the richest 1%. If the government is defeated over pensions it will be easier to defeat them over everything else. Support the strikes!

Stop the cuts

The government says we must pay off the debt that has resulted from giving £850 billion pounds of our money to the banks, in five years. Yet our national debt was proportionally greater in 1948 when the NHS was created.

Even if we do agree that we need to pay off the deficit, £120 billion in tax is either evaded, avoided or not collected each year. This equates to three-quarters of the deficit. If Corporation Tax was returned to the level it was at in the 1980s that would cover the rest of it. There would be no need to make one single cut.

The government wants ordinary people to pay for an economic crisis created by the bankers, multinational companies and politicians. Yet they are on the back foot after it was revealed anyone can buy Tory policy for £250,000, their bungled budget, the scandal of their links to Rupert Murdoch and their disastrous results in the recent local elections. The government needs to be stopped and it can be.

Penwith Anti-Cuts Alliance meets every other Monday at 7pm in the snug at the Crown pub at the bottom of Bread Street in Penzance. Our next meeting is on Monday 21 May.

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About penwithanticutsalliance

Penwith Anti-Cuts Alliance campaigns against the cuts, privatisation and job losses we face both from the government and Cornwall Council. The government says we must pay off the debt in five years but our national debt was greater in proportion to the population in 1948 when the National Health Service was created and now it is being used as an excuse to destroy the health service. Comparisons to credit card debt are meaningless. Even if we do agree that we need to pay off the deficit, £120 billion in tax is either evaded (fraud), avoided (loopholes) or not collected (the last government sacked workers in HMRC, the government department that is reponsible for collecting taxes) each year according to the PCS civil servants union. This equates to three-quarters of the debt. If Corporation Tax (on businesses) was returned to the level it was at in the 1980s (when Maggie Thatcher was Prime Minister!) that would cover the rest of it. There would be no need to make one single cut. We could also stop invading other people's countries and not replace Trident, our redundant, outdated nuclear weapons system (which will cost around £20 billion). Instead we are seeing our health system privatised and starved of funds (£20 billion 'efficiency savings' or cuts), comprehensive education broken up and privatised (academies) and thousands people losing their jobs, suffering a pay freeze, having their pensions raided or being moved onto lower benefits or off benefits altogether. This is a nasty vicious government and they need to be stopped. They are also a weak government and they can be stopped. The biggest trade union organised demonstration in British history (between 500,000 and 750,000 people) and the fantastic strikes on 30 June when 750,000 public sector workers walked out and 100,000 took part in rallies and 30 November when 2.5 million were on strike is fantastic. Now we need to go further and stop the government in its tracks and maybe bring them down. Cornwall Anti-Cuts Alliance (cornwallanticutsalliance.wordpress.com) has taken up the challenge across Cornwall and Penwith Anti-Cuts Alliance is active in the Penwith area around Penzance, St. Ives and Hayle in the far west of Cornwall. We have organised a protest and petition hand-in to local MP Andrew George over the health and social care bill, taken people to the marches and rallies organised by Cornwall Anti-Cuts Alliance, organised a protest and birthday celebration at West Cornwall Hospital on the occasion of the 63rd birthday of the NHS, campaigned against the cuts to West Cornwall Hospital and against the closure of the Remploy factory in Longrock. We meet every other Monday at 7pm in the Crown pub at the bottom of Bread Street in Penzance. For more info, or to join us, email us at pzanticuts@hotmail.co.uk, leave us a message on our facebook group page or a comment on this site.
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