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History is ours to make

Our response to the cost-of-living crisis must become a significant chapter and key victory in the class struggle, argues JEREMY CORBYN MP

THE working class is under attack.

The cost-of-living scandal with its soaring fuel costs, unsustainable price hikes on food and household bills is pushing millions of families into poverty and a spiral of debt, depression and desperation.

The question of the existential threat of the climate crisis goes unanswered, and the lives and livelihoods of communities here and in the global South are on the brink of destruction.

Meanwhile, fossil fuel companies, six- and seven-figure-salary chief executives, bankers and their cronies are seeing record profits and dividends — eye-watering sums that could could be spent on paying workers a real living wage, funding our schools and hospitals properly, and ending the disgrace of homeslessness in modern Britain and the food insecurity that plagues our society.

However, it seems that when those who have been hit the hardest by over a decade of Tory austerity, low wages, real-terms pay cuts and the devastating impact of inflation stand up and demand better, there is an immense panic among the beneficiaries of the broken economic system.

It’s clear that we can’t separate out the cost-of-living and climate crises. The whole system, which creates billionaires and starves hundreds of millions, is the crisis. It can’t be resolved, it must be overcome and transformed.

In recent weeks, we’ve seen ill-informed attacks on organised workforces and trade unions, such as the RMT, from Tory government ministers and their friends in the compliant Establishment media.

It is absolutely imperative that we stand in unshakable solidarity with workers rising up and fighting for a fair deal for themselves, their families and communities.

At Saturday’s march, called by the Trade Union Congress, we will demand real action on the cost of living scandal; a real living wage for all workers, wealth tax, sustainable and secure jobs across all industries and bringing the energy companies into public ownership to reduce bills.

On Sunday, I am speaking at a rally in Leicester in support of the Samworth Brothers employees fighting for union recognition in their workplace, a fantastic and inspiring example of organising to empower our communities.

We must seize these opportunities to make our voices heard and keep up unrelenting pressure on the government — with a summer of direct action and protest, including with the We All Want To Just Stop Oil coalition marches on July 23.

History is ours to make. Our response to the cost-of-living crisis must become a significant chapter and key victory in the class struggle.  

One where we, the many, took a stand together and won against the wealthy, the few.

When we come together, we can bring about real change. So when we march at the TUC demonstration today, remember this: Nothing is too good for the working class.

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