As George Osbourne passes a budget designed to protect his class interests, its high time that we in the British labour movement learnt how to act to protect ours. Whilst our public services, pensions, pay and conditions are targeted, so too are our rights to work and live in dignity. Hundreds of thousands of trade union members are just waiting for the Union top brass to take the lead – but if we wait for our sterile Union leaders to mobilise it’ll be a long wait!
However in Spain its a different story. Next week two of Spains biggest unions will bring out millions of workers in an attempt to stop the attacks being made on the Spanish workers. The Huelga General (General Strike) will take place on March 29. It is not by chance that Spanish unions listen to their membership. The Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain and their youth movement the CJC are an example to young communists and revolutionaries in Britain of the kind of militant marxist-leninist workers organisation that can be built when comrades dedicate themselves to fighting social democracy and serving the people. If we can build a movement that can challenge the social democracts and their Trot backers then we can really start to fight for our class interests! Thats why Red Youth sends our salute to our comrades in the CJC and PCPE and all the workers of Spain who will be on strike next week. We hope the CJC can build on the momentum that is undoubtedly being built up in Spain!
The one thing that would really threaten our rulers’ grip on power here in Britain is if the workers of Britain united and got organised in the fashion of our Spanish brothers and sisters. The police and the army combined couldn’t do much in the face of the masses of people once we decided to stop obeying their orders and believing their lies!
An understanding of society (theory) and a way of uniting to change it (organisation) are the two things that we need to make a socialist revolution. Young people have everything to gain by getting involved in this process sooner rather than later. This world isn’t working for us and we deserve better!
Not only do we need to campaign against the bad conditions and lack of prospects for the youth in Britain today, but we need to work for a completely different type of society – one where people’s needs decide everything.
So many problems face this world: environmental catastrophe, poverty, disease, racism and war. They’ll never be solved while capitalism remains, but they could all be sorted if society was set up for the benefit of the majority rather than the private gain of a few billionaires.
Studying Marxism, organising the young people in your area and learning about how we fight for socialism is the only way we can defeat the ruling class.
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