Join the ‘Coalition of Resistance’

As you are no doubt aware, the welfare state is under enormous threat from the current government. A new broad-based Coalition of Resistance has been formed to resist the cuts, and put forward an alternative agenda. The Coalition of Resistance has today issued a statement calling for a mass campaign against the Con-Dem cuts and associated attacks on the welfare state, and has already been signed by dozens of trade unionists and activists (see below for a list of the signatories). We are now asking others to join us.

Please add your name to the statement, including any position you hold. Please get others to sign. Join the fight against the cuts locally, and come to the national conference at the Camden Centre in London on 27 November 2010. The conference will propose radical alternatives to the austerity threatening millions, and will plan the fightback to defend the living standards and services of the majority.

To sign up please send an email to and include your name.

Across Europe, governments representing bankers and the rich are imposing austerity on working people and the poor. But in Greece, Spain, France, and elsewhere, the austerity measures have been met with mass strikes and protests. The conference will hear speakers representing the Europe-wide resistance, as well as activists from anti-cuts and anti-privatisation groups across Britain. With main sessions and workshops, there will be opportunity to pool experience, share ideas, and debate tactics with a wide range of other activists.

The Con-Dem Coalition plans the most savage attacks on working people since the 1930s. It plans to dismantle the post-war welfare state. It is doing this in the interests of a tiny minority of bankers, bosses, and super-rich. We have to get organised. We have to build the resistance. We have to prepare a massive fightback to ensure that working people and the poor do not pay, yet again, for the crisis of a system they do not control.

More news will be available from the Coalition of Resistance website in due course:

The Coalition of Resistance’s statement reads:

It is time to organise a broad movement of active resistance to the Con-Dem government’s budget intentions. They plan the most savage spending cuts since the 1930s, which will wreck the lives of millions by devastating our jobs, pay, pensions, NHS, education, transport, postal and other services. The government claims the cuts are unavoidable because the welfare state has been too generous. This is nonsense. Ordinary people are being forced to pay for the bankers’ profligacy.

The £11bn welfare cuts, rise in VAT to 20%, and 25% reductions across government departments target the most vulnerable – disabled people, single parents, those on housing benefit, black and other ethnic minority communities, students, migrant workers, LGBT people and pensioners. Women are expected to bear 75% of the burden. The poorest will be hit six times harder than the richest. Internal Treasury documents estimate 1.3 million job losses in public and private sectors.

We reject this malicious vandalism and resolve to campaign for a radical alternative, with the level of determination shown by trade unionists and social movements in Greece and other European countries.

This government of millionaires says “we’re all in it together” and “there is no alternative”. But, for the wealthy, corporation tax is being cut, the bank levy is a pittance, and top salaries and bonuses have already been restored to pre-crash levels.

An alternative budget would place the banks under democratic control, and raise revenue by increasing tax for the rich, plugging tax loopholes, withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, abolishing the nuclear “deterrent” by cancelling the Trident replacement.

An alternative strategy could use these resources to: support welfare; develop homes, schools, and hospitals; and foster a green approach to public spending – investing in renewable energy and public transport, thereby creating a million jobs.

We commit ourselves to:
• Oppose cuts and privatisation in our workplaces, community and welfare services.
• Fight rising unemployment and support organisations of unemployed people.
• Develop and support an alternative programme for economic and social recovery.
• Oppose all proposals to “solve” the crisis through racism and other forms of scapegoating.
• Liaise closely with similar opposition movements in other countries.
• Organise information, meetings, conferences, marches and demonstrations.
• Support the development of a national co-ordinating coalition of resistance.

We urge those who support this statement to attend the Organising Conference on 27 November 2010 (10am-5pm), at Camden Centre, Town Hall, London, WC1H 9JE.
Can’t Pay! Won’t Pay!

Tony Benn,
Caroline Lucas MP
John McDonnell MP
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Mark Serwotka, general secretary PCS
Bob Crow, general secretary RMT
Jeremy Dear, general secretary NUJ
Michelle Stanistreet, deputy general secretary, NUJ
Frank Cooper, president of the National Pensioners Convention
Dot Gibson, general secretary of the National Pensioners Convention
Ken Loach
John Pilger
John Hendy QC
Mark Steel
Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary NUT
Cllr Salma Yaqoob
Lee Jasper, joint co-ordinator of Black Activists Rise Against Cuts (Barac)
Zita Holbourne, joint co-ordinator of Barac campaign and PCS national executive
Ashok Kumar, VP education and welfare, LSE student union
Hilary Wainwright, Red Pepper
Francis Beckett, author
David Weaver, chair, 1990 Trust
Viv Ahmun, director Equanomics UK
Paul Mackney, former general secretary NATFHE/UCU
Clare Solomon, president ULU student union
Lindsey German, convenor, Stop the War Coalition (personal capacity)
Andrew Burgin, archivist
John Rees, Counterfire
Romayne Phoenix, Green party
Joseph Healy, secretary Green Left
Fred Leplat, Islington Unison
Jane Shallice
Neil Faulkner, archaeologist and historian
Alf Filer, Socialist Resistance
Chris Nineham
James Meadway, economist
Cherry Sewell, UCU
Alan Thornett, Socialist Resistance
Peter Hallward, professor of modern European philosophy
Matteo Mandarini, Historical Materialism editorial board
John Nicholson, secretary Convention of the Left
Michael Chessum, UCL union education and campaigns officer
Mark Curtis, writer
Nick Broomfield
Sean Rillo Raczka, chair, Birkbeck College student union, and mature students’ representative, NUS national executive
Robyn Minogue, UoArts NUS officer
Prince Johnson, NUS president Institute of Education
Roy Bailey, Fuse Records
Doug Nicholls
Granville Williams
Gary Herman (CPBF national council member, in personal capacity)
Louis Hartnoll, president UoArts student union
Sarah Ruiz, former Respect councillor and community activist in Newham
Michael Gavan
Mary Pearson, National Union of Teachers, vice president Birmingham Trades Union Council
Joe Glenholmes, Unison, life member Birmingham Trades Union Council
Baljeet Ghale, NUT past president
Jane Holgate, chair of Hackney Unite and secretary of Hackney TUC
Marshajane Thompson, Labour Representation Committee NC
Richard Kuper
Chris Baugh, PCS assistant general secretary
Trevor Phillips, campaigner
Stathis Kouvelakis, UCU, King’s College London
Carole Regan
Bernard Regan
Roger Kline
Hugh Kerr, former MEP
Nina Power, senior lecturer in philosophy Roehampton University
Norman Jemmison, NATFHE past president, NPC
Kitty Fitzgerald, poet and novelist
Iain Banks, author
Arthur Smith, comedian
David Landau
Anne Orwin, actor

To sign up please send an email to and include your name.

Thank you

  1. The Tory policies , if left unchallenged, would destroy the lives of innocent people, while the rich capitalists who caused this mess go un punished; there is no reason in this. Our environment could also be harmed if the Government privatises our National Nature Reserves. This is seriously worrying. We MUST resist these callous, inhuman cuts

  2. This government’s overt attack on the welfare state will bring untold misery to the millions of people who will be affected. Not only will services suffer thus demoralising those workers left to cope but laso they will use the deterioration in services to further their neoliberal plans of anything and everything. privatising.They are a weak government. Nobody voted for this, but they are all the more vicious for their weakness. If they get away with this it will be decades before we can get back to where we are today. W need to improve public services by employing more people. We have 25% of our 16 -25 year olds out of work – how about recruiting some of them to traiin for useful and vital jobs in our schools, hospitals and communities. How about buliding more municipal housing housing to elimate the shame of the hoeless people on our streets. There is plenty of money the problem is it has been stolen by successive governments since Thatcher to line the pockets of the greedy few.

  3. Revolt is sweeping across Europe… Conditions are ripening for capitalism, its apologists as well as reformist labour & trade union leaders to be swept aside….No compromise, No sell-out, forward comrades to the Socialist transformation of society.

  4. if only the masses were aware there is far more than meets he eye here.Behind all the intended cuts are a group bent on ensuring ALL of us come under a thumb of steel.All that is hapening and will happen is to ensure mass riots or worse to ensure totalitarian govs can bring in harsher laws to keep us all in poverty and under a t humb of steel.Laws that at this moment cannot be brought in as no one would allow it however let civil unrest come and there is the reason ans recipe for its arrival.

    Cameron we the population of Britain have suffered your Lies and Spin but now your managerial skills are put into question, you allow one Foreign Secretary on the Gravy Train to let his mate tag along free .You allow a man that should be tried for Corporate Manslaughter to keep his job .You allow a personal mate to run the Economy who couldn’t add up a shopping list ,a Fascist to be in Charge of Welfare in this Country and you expect us the Electorate to take you seriously ,Miliband is no better doing an underhand deal with you behind the scenes allowing Labour an inquiry into Welfare Reform .I’ve ‘heard of gutter press‘ but it’s now ‘Gutter Government’ we are the sheep that need rescuing from you

  6. I am a victim of this system and being punished by the Welfare system for being unemployed, I had been put on a work program that did not help me despite the fact that I have been sending hundred of CV’s and few interviews but no job offer now I have been sent back to the Jobcentre and being harassed to come in twice weekly and threatening to cut my benefits if I don’t find a job by September ’13. I am very depressed and suicidal as I don’t know where to turn. I am desperately trying to find work and I am not being successful in obtaining employment. It is appalling that I am being seen twice a week, it is not as if I havie not been trying hard enough now they are taking steps to get me off the benefits. I am 58 years old and live on my own with no other income.

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