The junior doctors’ strike has become a political crisis for the government. Doctors have voted 98 percent for strikes, and there is clear public support for the action. It could set off a much wider defence of the NHS and, if victorious, encourage further public sector revolts. A victory for the junior doctors is a victory for everyone who wants to stop Tory cuts and privatisation of the NHS.
According to the Guardian, “Hunt’s tough stance has the full support of both the prime minister and George Osborne. Number 10 sees this as a miners’ moment and wants him to look tough,” said a source. “Downing Street and the Treasury are backing Jeremy on this and pressurising him to be deeply muscular.”
If that’s true a major battle is coming—that our side has to win.
The BMA is calling on people to show support for the strike by attending picket lines. In Oxford pickets will run from 8 am to 12.30 with a protest in town at 1pm outside the Mmuseum of History of Science in Broad street. Pickets can be located using this map
We can't wait 5 more years for the possibility of an end to cuts and privatisation - we need to act now
As protests break out across the country...
Oxfordshire Unite Against Austerity!
Demonstrate - Sat 30th May
Assemble 12 noon, Manzil Way green, Cowley Road, East Oxford to March into town.
Book seats on Oxfordshire transport here
Transport is free to members of supporting unions otherwise £12 waged and £6 concessions. Book early to help us plan coaches from across Oxfordshire.
With less than two weeks to go people are rushing to book their seats with strong delegations from workplaces, colleges and campaign groups. NHS, council, BMW, Kraft foods, DHL, Harwell, postal, rail workers and teachers, lectures and students are all organising strong delegations to the march. The fourteen coaches booked by UNISON, UNITE, GMB, CWU, Prospect, and PCS are starting to fill quickly. UCU and other unions are paying for their members to go on the coaches organised by other unions.
They will be joined by campaigners from Oxfordshire Anti Cuts Alliance, Keep Our NHS Public, Oxford SOS, Pensioners Action group and many more.
Oct 20th is shaping up to be a fantastic show of working class unity and will bring huge pressure to bear on the all political parties to listen to working people and for union leaders to organise a serious defence of jobs, wages and public services.
Use the buttons above to fill in the form or ring the number advertised to book your seats today.
Jeremy Corbyn's overwhelming victory in the Labour leadship election shows the strength of the mood in the country to fight austerity. Corbyn speaking out against austerity will help give hope to those who want to see the back of the Tories - we need to amplify that opposition outside parliament. We can't wait 5 years until the next election to do this - we need to mobilise the new mood for change in opposition to Cameron and his cronies now.
The scale of the attacks are shown n the decision to axe 44 children centres in Oxford, with over £150 million of planned cuts in local services over the next 5 years.
The TUC "No to Austerity, Yes to Workers' rights" demonstration on October 4th will be chance for hundreds of thousands to focus their collective anger at the Tories at their conference.. We need to turn their triumphant mood following the election into one of fear of our side. You can book your seat on the Oxfordshire subsidised transport to the march online here
John McDonnell and Natalie Bennet to speak at "Defending our unions - organising to win" conference
The fight for trade union rights will be a major issue over the coming months as the government tries to limit workers ability to oppose cuts in wages, jobs and servcies with new anti-union laws. We have to oppose the narrative that the trade unions are the problem and not government austerity policies. The new Shadow Cancellor John McDonnell will be speaking with Natalie Bennet leader of the Green party at the "Defending our unions...organising to win conference organised by Unite the resistance in November. More details here. Mail back if you are inetrested in travelling with a group from Oxford.
Reasons to march on October 4th:
1 This government has announced attacks on trade union subs collection and further barriers to workers workers taking legal strike action
2 This government plans to cut £12bn from welfare hitting the most vulnerable in our society hardest.
3 The richest 1,000 people in Britain doubled their wealth during the last parliament, while the living standards of the majority fell.
4 There has been a huge rise in zero hour contracts, precarious, low-paid and part-time work. Millions of people are not benefiting from the supposed economic 'recovery'.
5 The Tories have presided over the worst housing crisis in living memory. They are the friends of private landlords and property - developers. Now they want to sell off even more social' housing.
6 The Tories are pushing privatisation. They want to encourage international free trade deals which will destroy the public sector.
7 Our NHS is under attack. The government plans to dismantle the NHS and sell it off to private companies to run for profit.
8 Education is being savaged. The Tories are threatening to raise university fees even higher. Academies and free schools are taking over, denying any democratic control over our children's education.
9 Migrants are facing a racist backlash. They are being scapegoated for the problems caused by the bankers and bosses.
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