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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Tell it how it is

New Labour's plan to impose by law the Bain agenda of job cuts, flexible working and low wages on firefighters is the road to dictatorship. So it's high time the FBU and other union leaders stopped ignoring reality, drew some conclusions and acted accordingly. The indisputable facts are:

  • The key force in this dispute is New Labour, which has politicised the dispute by blocking a deal
  • Progress is not possible without defeating this anti-union, authoritarian government
  • At stake is the very existence of the FBU as an effective force
  • The employers accept the government's Bain agenda 100%, making a negotiated settlement impossible
  • The FBU wants a service based on community needs; the government is driven by cost cutting and higher productivity
  • New Labour is a ruthless, business-driven regime as shown in the plan to seize Iraq's oil for the major corporations
  • Prescott's plan to impose pay and conditions on firefighters is a challenge to all public sector unions

The fire service is special. But in the world of global corporations driven only by the bottom line, there is no room for human beings who want to protect the safety of others. That is why New Labour hates the FBU and what it stands for and why millions in turn despise the Blair government.

The FBU leadership should tell it how it is and work out a fresh strategy if firefighters are not to be left in the dark as to how to win this struggle. Defeating New Labour involves working for an alternative to replace this government. We have to take the future into our own hands politically and in every other way.

FBU leaders should recall their union conference and recommend:

  • A call on other unions to stand shoulder to shoulder with the firefighters in strike action, whether this breaks the law or not
  • An end to the FBU's affiliation to New Labour, urging other unions to do the same
  • Rejection of any Anglo-American invasion and occupation of Iraq
  • A labour movement conference to build an alternative to the New Labour government to represent community interests not profit

That's the best possible way to answer the challenge laid down by New Labour and inspire others into action.

Movement for a Socialist Future
January 29, 2003

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