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Make the rich pay!

by New Worker correspondent

LONDON comrades joined tens of thousands of front-line workers over the weekend marching through the heart of the capital to a TUC rally demanding social justice and higher wages.

Trade unionists and campaigners from across the country marched from Portland Place to join a TUC rally in Parliament Square. Some comrades carried the NCP national banner while others joined Donbas solidarity campaigners leafleting the crowd with the latest hand-out from the International Ukraine Anti-Fascist Solidarity campaign.

Real wages are down by £68 per month compared with a year ago but bonuses for the City executives have risen exponentially. Energy bills have gone up by 45 per cent in recent months and although the Government has offered an energy bill rebate of £150 per household that will barely make a dent in rising costs. Inflation now stands at nine per cent – a 40-year-high.

The Johnson government bleats on about the impact of the global energy crisis and the conflict in Ukraine – but the cost of everything from food, fuel and rent is soaring because the Government wants to put even more of the burden of the slump on the backs of working people who are only just recovering from the Covid crisis. The price hikes are the worst in half a century. Many people are now having to choose between heating their homes and eating.

At the rally TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady backed the rail workers whose pay campaign began with national strikes this week.

“Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has threatened rail workers that they will strike them­selves out of a job.

“Well you are wrong, Mr Shapps: if you keep stirring, come the next election, you will be out of a job,” she said. “It is time to raise taxes on wealth, not workers.”