The strike movement against pension reforms that swept France last year was an inspiration to socialists and trade-union activists in Britain. Although the movement was unable to stop the vote in Parliamentary, the fact that there was a struggle on such a scale means that the spirit and the structures for fighting back will remain for the next attacks that Sarkozy and the bosses will launch. Socialist Resistance congratulates the NPA for the role it played in the tremendous strike movement last year. In particular, we believe that it was important that after six separate days of national strike and millions on demonstrations, the idea of a generalised and ongoing strike be popularised in order to show that escalating the movement was the only way to defeat the government.
We are living through the deepest economic crisis since the 1930s and many governments in Europe are the most neoliberal in a generation. We face together across Europe the need to organise resistance on a mass scale to defend all the gains of the working class, in particular the welfare state and public services. These neoliberal governments across Europe are determined to make the working class pay for the crisis, even though it is entirely the responsibility of the bankers and the capitalists. They are determined to massively drive down the living conditions of the working class and we should therefore be as determined as they are to resist. This will need a broad, mass and democratic movement of all the working class and progressive organisations uniting around the simple task of defending the welfare state and all of our public services.
But we also need a political response in countries across Europe. A mass movement is necessary but not sufficient. The formation of new parties to the left of the Socialist Parties who have now entirely embraced neoliberalism is a task for all revolutionary socialists. These parties should be as radical as possible in each country, be based on the class struggle and fight for a programme defending the interests of the working class. These parties will need to be independent of all those who claim to be on the left but actually implement neoliberal policies and they will therefore have to be as loyal to the working class as the bosses and bankers are loyal to their class.
Socialist Resistance will be mobilising in Britain for the trade-unions, the left and the anti-cuts movement to join the mobilisations against the G8 and G20 summits in France. Socialist Resistance also invites you to attend the conference being organised by the Coalition of Resistance in London on the 1st October to bring together all those who want to plan for a Europe-wide movement and for co-ordinated actions against austerity.
Socialist Resistance wishes you a successful conference and has confidence in the NPA continuing to play a important leading role in the resistance against austerity.
for Socialist Resistance