Some 2.6 million British public sector workers are to take strike action on November 30, but little has been said about the run up to the move.
Press TV--Indeed, any look at the nationwide
strike should take into account the past one year or so when the
Tory-led government has been pushing with its 'reforms' in the form of
austerity measures that numerous reports show are targeted at the
poorest in the society.
The hardest-hit have been identified to be public sector workers,
pensioners and benefit claimants as well as students and the working
That means the grassroots are paying the price for the
multi-billion-pound economic mess-up triggered by bankers and
spearheaded by successive governments prone to adventurism in other
countries especially in the Middle East.
Britain has gone to three wars in Afghanistan, in Iraq and in Libya
over the past ten years, which continue to take their toll on the
Bankers have presided over an economic catastrophe that has been
casting a dark shadow for at least two years over Britain's finances and
yet again, the grassroots face the worst.
No sane unionists would suddenly call paralyzing nationwide strike
actions on the scale expected on Wednesday yet in the light of the
events, especially over the past 12 months or so, such a massive
challenge to the government seems inevitable.
The government has ended the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
for students, tripled university tuition fees, frozen public sector
salaries, squeezed the welfare system and is even to lower the annual
increase in benefits and pensions through using CPI inflation measure
rather than the higher RPI measure.
What was mentioned is already a huge misery for the lowest earners
yet the government has not stopped at that as unemployment has shot up
to record high levels of 2.6 million and is now believed to break the
three-million barrier by 2013.
In short, No 10 Downing Street has made sure that the richer strata
of society, where most government's Conservative officials come from,
are prioritized over the ordinary people that is where bloods boil and
calls for industrial action resonate across the country.
No options are on the table for the poorest, only 'inevitable' cuts
that would ring fence the richest only to rob the lowest earners from
their meager safety margins by attacking their everything.
Even without such ruthless attack on wages and pensions, 2.5 million
British citizens are now well below the poverty line with state
retirement pension standing at £102 per week, which is the lowest across
Europe except for Cyprus, Latvia and Estonia.
Experts believe the situation in Britain and the pressure on public
sector workers and others, which have fueled the upcoming strikes, do
have remedies that is letting the axe fall on the military.
Britain is now paying £2 billion for the upkeep of its Trident nukes
and has spent roughly £7 billion in Afghanistan and Libya, but those
budgets need to be protected as failure to do so would bring shame on
To mention just one, among many cases in point, amid claims of
continuing operations in Afghanistan to ensure it remains "secure”, it
appeared earlier this week that Britain is presiding over a cash for
peace deal with Taliban in Afghanistan that would cost the country a
'meager' £6.5 million over the past year.
That is clearly a tiny fraction of the financial burden of the war
and the costs in terms of human lives both of Afghan civilians and