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

E-mail to hear about site changes, placing 'update' in body of message



New Labour provokes confrontation

What started off as a pay dispute with the employers has now turned into a direct confrontation between firefighters and New Labour. Blair and Brown want public services on the cheap and the Fire Brigades Union stands in their way. That's why the government has provoked a new strike by blocking a settlement.

The government insists on the discredited Bain report proposals, which would mean job cuts and the undermining of working conditions as the price for any wage rise over 4%. Bain himself picks up a mere £160,000 a year as Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University, Belfast. He is also a paid non-executive director of three companies. Nice work if you can get it.

New Labour's determination to prevent a deal is also a declaration of war on other public sector workers like nurses, teachers and ambulance workers. The message is clear: the government stands or falls on its policies of low wages, 'flexible' working, weakened unions and privatisation.

Both the army and police have refused to cross picket lines, which has deepened the government's crisis. Now it says it may use contract drivers to seize fire engines from stations. New Labour has taken over where Thatcher left off in trying to destroy the trade unions.

Under these conditions, it is absolutely justified and necessary for the FBU to seek active support - which must include strike action - from other trade unions as well as the general public. Too much is at stake for others to stand back and let firefighters confront the government, the state and the media on their own. Any setback for the FBU will weaken the whole trade union movement, while defeat for Blair will strengthen everyone. 

New Labour can find money when it needs to. The cost of the planned attack and occupation of Iraq in order to control that country’s oil resources would pay for the firefighters’ claim many times over. But the simple truth is that this is a reactionary government dedicated to upholding business interests first and foremost.

Support for Blair and company is draining away. The Movement for a Socialist Future is organising a discussion about alternatives to New Labour. Join the MSF and help shape the future.

Movement for a Socialist Future
22 November 2002

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