The NUJLeft offers its full support to London firefighters and tube staff who are on strike this week and in the coming months.
The attacks on these workers will lead to loss of pay and jobs, worse working conditions, and undermine the safety of our public services.
The FBU and RMT are also being attacked because they are militant left unions which have defended their members over the years. These attacks are no doubt co-ordinated at Boris Johnson’s London administration and have the full support of the Con-Dem government.
If the RMT and FBU are defeated then this would demoralise other sections of workers who are facing the massive Con-Dem cuts.
The media have vilified both firefighters and Tube workers in attempt to isolate them and soften them up for attack. Workers on strike are rightly angry about the coverage they have been receiving.
We in the NUJleft are also angered by the attacks on our fellow brothers and sisters. Most journalists have nothing to do with these attacks, which are usually orchestrated by management.
The very week that the Firefighters and RMT are on strike, NUJ staff at the BBC are also striking in defence of their pensions. They too have been vilified with claims that staff have gold-plated pensions when it’s the management with the slush funds and pension top up schemes.
Many journalists are suffering from attacks on jobs, wages, and terms and conditions the same as firefighters and tube workers.
We believe that all workers in struggle against the cuts should stand together.
• We encourage all NUJ members to visit FBU and RMT picket lines and hold collections at work for them and the BBC workers.
• Invite strikers to your chapel or branch meetings.
• Get involved in local anti-cuts committees and public meetings. Help spread the message why people are on strike and fighting back
• Challenge where possible poor or partial reporting in the media of the strikes.
Victory to the striking firefighters, tube workers and BBC journalists.
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