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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FBU must ask for solidarity strikes

If any firefighter still had any doubts, Prime Minister Blair has made New Labour's agenda clear: the price for any pay rise is an acceptance by the FBU of the Bain report, which means job cuts and the destruction of working conditions. Blair has thrown down the gauntlet and put the government’s authority and survival on the line.

For these reasons, John Edmonds, the general secretary of the GMB union, is absolutely right when he says that this is no longer just a dispute between the firefighters and the government but between New Labour and the whole trade union movement. John Monks, the moderate TUC general secretary, has sent an email to all unions urging them to support the firefighters because even he sees what is at stake.

Andy Gilchrist, the FBU general secretary, is also correct to say: "Do we or do we not want to live in a society which places a real value on public service?" New Labour has answered this question in the negative many times over as NHS workers, teachers and other public sector staff will testify. They have already suffered from the "modernisation" lined up for the fire service.

The FBU is in a fight to the finish with the Blair government and its whole economic and political strategy of favouring the employers, the fat cats and the banks at the expense of workers. FBU leaders are therefore obliged to follow up what Edmonds and Monks have said by asking other unions to take solidarity industrial action without delay if they are to defeat the government.

London teachers are striking for decent pay and Tube workers are militantly opposed to privatisation plans. Let their leaders call them into action alongside the firefighters. For other unions to sit back and await the outcome of the firefighters' struggle is unacceptable.

Many firefighters have already decided that they will never again pay a penny towards New Labour's coffers and are pressing the FBU to disaffiliate from the party. The unions which founded the party have seen it replace the Tories as the direct representatives of big business. All affiliated unions have to recognise this fact and break from New Labour, starting a discussion on new forms of political representation. That debate has to include the creation of alternatives to an economic system that is based on greed and profit for the few at the expense of the many.

Movement for a Socialist Future
26 November 2002