Our Say

After G8 and the London bombings - the way forward

London terror attacks condemned

After Live 8:
from pressure to action

The G8 summit and political power

Make the G8 leaders history

A sham election

10 good reasons to boycott May 5

Don't be blackmailed into voting

Reject ‘dependency’ politics

No votes for New Labour!

Parliament seals its own fate

A secret policeman's government

Vote for "none of the above"

How to remember the victims of the tsunami

A state of crisis

New Labour and the big lie

Yasser Arafat - a revolutionary life

After the US election

Blood on New Labour's hands

Butler and weapons of mass deception

With 'leaders' like these, who needs enemies?

How to meet the threat from the right

Barbarians at the gate

Torture, values and lies

The silence of the lambs

War crimes in Iraq

The slaughter in Madrid

The unfinished business of the miners’ strike 1984-85

L’état – c’est New Labour

The death of liberal democracy foretold

Hutton washes the state whiter than white

Top-up fees and the market economy

Our challenge for 2004

New Labour's march to a police state

Bush & Blair - partners in crime

London Region revolts against FBU leaders

Postal workers in the front line

No turning back

Where we go from here

Stop the War Coalition leaders and political fabrication

Regime change begins at home

Blood on New Labour's hands

There's more involved than just Blair

New Labour, lies and spies

Firefighters should reject deal and disown leaders

BECTU vote on New Labour link a step forward

Time runs out for FBU leaders

New Labour's one-party state

The blind alley of crude anti-Americanism

Occupation of Iraq - time to move beyond protest

War is a test for principles

Iraqi defiance shocks and awes

FBU leaders who backed capitulation should resign now

Down with New Labour's war - for regime change in Britain

FBU at war with New Labour

New Labour, not just Blair, is the target

50 years since the death of Stalin - an assessment

FBU finds itself in Precott's trap

War is Peace - Blair's fictitious 'push for peace'

15/2: Global marches put power on the agenda

Crisis of globalisation behind attack on Iraq

Tell it how it is

An injury to one is an injury to all

War plans expose fraudulent 'democracy'

A 'regime change' in Britain is the answer to war on Iraq

FBU needs a new strategy

Challenging New Labour

A moment of truth in the fight against New Labour

Gilchrist says it how it is

Time to defy the anti-union laws in support of the FBU

FBU must ask for solidarity strikes

FBU leaders must ask for support now

New Labour provokes confrontation

Italian police attack No-Global movement

New Labour declares war on FBU

Don't let the FBU fight alone

UN writes a blank cheque for war

Blood on Putin's hands

Unions must support firefighters with action not words

Support the firefighters - defeat New Labour

Bush-Blair war agenda revealed

Seeing through New Labour's weapons of mass deception

The US media and the new garrison state

The BEGINNING of Politics

How technology could
free humanity

'Terminator' engineering: A threat to humanity

The future is socialist

Asylum legislation fuels racist attacks

Road map to the future

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An injury to one is an injury to all

If anyone doubted that New Labour wants to destroy the FBU they only have to look at what's on 'offer' from the government-controlled employers. An ‘offer’ of 4% now in exchange for 4,500 jobs and signing up to Bain is an invitation for the FBU to roll over and die.

By setting out to defeat firefighters, New Labour wants to teach other unions a lesson. The message is: don't defy us. If you do, you'll pay a heavy price. The attack on the FBU is, therefore, clearly a challenge to every trade union.

Yet the FBU is left to take on the state, the media and New Labour’s evil spin machine by itself. Financial support and sympathetic words are not enough. This is a war and the FBU is in the front line on its own while other unions sit on their hands or run scared of the anti-union laws.

In these conditions, a series of short strikes by firefighters will make litle impact. Firefighters cannot defeat the government on their own and the FBU leaders should acknowledge this. That is why they are duty bound to call publicly for solidarity strike action from other unions. FBU leaders should declare: An injury to one is an injury to all and if we fail you are next.

The FBU’s own modernisation proposals are based on improving the service to the public. These are unachievable under New Labour, which is a business government as every bit as reactionary as the Tories. For New Labour, modernisation equals cost-cutting, job losses, flexible working and privatisation.

We have no alternative but to build a movement beyond New Labour to represent the interests of working people. The growing demands for disaffiliation from Labour is a sign that a new party is long overdue. The coming Anglo-US invasion of Iraq will show millions that New Labour is the real enemy of peace and progress.

A conference to discuss the future shape and forms of political representation in Britain is planned for April 12. This will discuss how we move forward from New Labour and what kind of society will put public services first in place of profit. To sponsor the conference, or for more information, contact:

msf@socialistfuture.org.uk

Movement for a Socialist Future
20 January 2003