From Unison South Tyneside branch Newsletter
As every one knows the election result did not give a deciding mandate to any of the big parties. What has been hatched up behind the scenes is a Conservative Liberal Democratic government which is now forging ahead with policies that no one voted for.
The promises of change, renewal, protection of the NHS and pensions if nothing else is also turning out to be another big lie. The economic crisis caused by the greed of the financial speculators that over the last decades have wrecked the manufacturing and productive economy are now intent on wrecking public services by picking up the baton of New Labour's purchaser provider split and other privatisation measures.
Daily announcements informing of the billions of pounds profited by the banks, oil and other companies indicate that the rich are not going stop being paid. Yet, in the modern age, the working class and people are going to be forced to accept cut backs to their jobs, pensions, public services, housing,.etc, and be made to pay for the crisis.
This must not pass. The unions are squaring up as we write with the formation of the Northern Public Service Alliance, the Coaliton of Resistance and other campaigns to broaden the whole fight back.
Now is the time to get involved in discussing with each other and together how our workplace, our hospitals and community services and our NHS can be defended and safeguarded. It is not about re-ordering their world of big business which is in crisis and goes from one reorgnisation of public services to another and creates organisational anarchy and is exhausting society. It is about fighting for our world and our future and modern arrangements that go with it so that we control the NHS equally with all in society.
Clearly we have to think for ourselves beyond the capital centred NHS of New Labour and the Con/dem government which is turning health care into a commodity, turning patients into consumers and that will bring about huge disasters for peoples health care via privatisation. Health care is a human right. It is the responsibility of society to provide health care at the highest standard for all and that responsibility is vested in their elected representatives to guarantee that right. There can be no compromise with any government that gives up its responsibility to provide a publicly owned and controlled health care system. Get involved in the struggle to safeguard the future of the NHS. Contact us if you wish to get involved in some way in discussing these issues and other events.