From the protest demonstration in London on November 5th. (Photo: via Socialist Worker)
On Saturday November 5, more than 15,000 people marched through London to protest against the Conservative government’s policy of failing to tackle the cost of living crisis and its attacks on working class sections and movements social. The protest demonstration was called by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity, trade unions including the National Union of Railway, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), the National Union of Education ( NEU), the Communication Workers Union (CWU), Unite the Union, Trade Union Congress and ASLEF, and groups such as Stand Up To Racism, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Just Stop Oil, Extinction Rebellion and Keep Our NHS Public . Political parties including the Communist Party of Britain (CPB), the Young Communist League (YCL-Britain) and Labor Party MPs also took part in the protest. The people marched under the banner #BritainIsBroken and expressed their solidarity with the ongoing labor strikes across the country. They also demanded that the Conservative government resign and call parliamentary elections.
Countries across Europe, including the UK, have plunged into crisis and chaos due to a severe energy shortage triggered by the Russian-Ukrainian war as well as the profits of multinational oil distributors. Food and fuel prices continue to soar across the country, making it extremely difficult for sections of the working class and low-income families to make ends meet. Additionally, the ongoing political crisis with the back-to-back resignations of Tory Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and Liz Truss has resulted in mismanagement and failing policies.
Workers under the leadership of unions like RMT and CWU continue to strike across the country, protesting austerity and layoffs. However, the incumbent government led by Rishi Sunak has remained indifferent to workers’ demands and continues to wage war and attack refugees entering the country.
Before the mobilization of November 5, the People’s Assembly against austerity demanded cuts in the profits of the energy companies instead of cuts in the wages of the workers to fight against the crisis of the cost of living. The group called for taxing the wealthy to fund social care and social security and to end “fuel poverty”. He also called for the nationalization of railways, mail and water, lower energy prices, the removal of anti-union laws, measures to ease the housing crisis and an end to outsourcing and privatization of the National Health Service (NHS) and other public services. .
Addressing the mobilization, Labor MP Jeremy Corbyn said: “Today thousands took to the streets to fight 12 years of cuts, division and destruction. We have already wasted too much time delaying transformative change. We can no longer afford to waste. »
On November 6, Roger McKenzie, the international editor of morning star, Told Dispatch of the Peoples“Some commentators say the UK’s cost of living crisis is happening because something has gone wrong. This is simply untrue. The fact that while people are struggling to put bread on the table, heating their homes and keeping a roof over their heads, energy companies making record profits tells you all you need to know.
“It’s not an accident! The system is rigged in favor of the wealthy so they can continue to exploit the working class. The system works exactly as it is supposed to work. The working class in the UK has said enough is enough and is striking for more pay and job security! ” he added.