On Wednesday over 3 million public sector employees will take strike action together but the only legal reason unions can strike on November 30th is over planned changes to their pensions. We know that for the vast majority of public sector employees the coming strike is really about much wider issues. It is a strike to save our services from privatisation and ultimately destruction by the millionaire government who currently hold power.
The patterns of welfare abolition we are now seeing in the UK follow those seen in theUS,Canada,Australia, and other parts of northern Europe. The first targets of these abolition programmes being uninsured benefits, such as Income Support and income-related IB and ESA, followed closely by the abolition of entitlement to contributory benefits which people are entitled to through paying national insurance contributions. The final target of welfare abolition is pensions, both those of public sector workers and state pensions which are disgustingly already amongst the lowest in Europe.
Even though state pensions are amongst the lowest in Europe this government have moved to further reduce the amount people have to live on in later life by changing pensions indexation from RPI to CPI knocking 15% off the value of pension in average retirement. This too will be the case with benefit up-ratings in the future and we already know that Osborne is planning to renege on benefit uprating next year arbitrarily changing the link between benefit rates and inflation rates.
DPAC are asking anyone who can to support their local strikes on Wednesday and for anyone who can’t to contact David Cameron and Nick Clegg to say they support the strike.
You can contact David on facebook http://www.facebook.com/DavidCameron
Or you can telephone David on 020 72193475
Nick Clegg can be found on facebook http://www.facebook.com/nickclegg
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