Wide screen devices may view this page better by clicking here

27 October 2021

Facebook   Twitter

Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter


Photo: Steve Eason/CC

Photo: Steve Eason/CC   (Click to enlarge)

Organise to fight for:

15-an-hour minimum wage

Above inflation pay rises

Fully funded public services

Steve Score, Socialist Party national committee

In his budget statement, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced an increase in the minimum wage and an end to the public sector pay freeze. Both will be wiped out by rapidly rising prices, the increase in National Insurance, and the 1,000 a year cut in Universal Credit.

Rising energy prices will mean this winter many people will once again face the stark choice between 'heating and eating'.

It's all part of Boris Johnson's so-called 'high-wage economy'. What garbage! Workers have suffered years of real cuts in living standards. In-work poverty has rocketed, as has job insecurity and casual working.

The Tories say they are ending a "one year pay pause" in the public sector, but in reality there has been a decade of real-terms pay cuts. We don't yet know what pay rises may be offered for next year; but workers will only get back any of what they lost over ten years through trade union struggle.

Even then, the Tories don't want to fund any pay increases - so, without a battle, it will mean further cuts in public services.

The hypocrisy of announcing some money for new family centres, when their cuts have previously resulted in the closure of hundreds of Sure Start centres, is breathtaking! New money has supposedly been found for the NHS and social care by raising National Insurance - hitting mainly lower paid workers. Yet it will do very little to end the massive NHS waiting lists or solve the crisis in social care.

But Keir Starmer's Labour has no answers. He retreated from the idea of a 15-an-hour minimum wage, proposing only 10. Now the Tories have already virtually matched it at 9.50!

The Socialist Party boldly fights for a 15-an-hour minimum wage with no exceptions. We believe a coordinated battle across the public sector trade unions and beyond is necessary to fight for higher pay.

We don't have a high-wage economy; we have a high-wealth economy for the super-rich minority. Britain's 171 resident billionaires increased their vast wealth last year by 22%. It went up to 600 billion between them, at a time when millions were suffering cuts to their living standards.

Energy companies and key sectors of the economy should be nationalised to control prices and be planned democratically for the benefit of the whole of society. The NHS and public services should be fully funded. We need a new mass working-class party that will fight for socialist policies.

This further pressure on public spending makes even more significant Unite the Union's decision at its recent conference to call on Labour councils now "to set legal, balanced no-cuts needs-based budgets" (see 'Public spending under further threat from Tories').

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation


Your message: 


In The Socialist 27 October 2021:



Public spending under further threat from Tories

Tory NHS funding won't fix staff shortage

Public sector pay thaw - union fight is on for a real rise and funding

Fighting sexual harassment

Fighting sexism and harassment, and for a safe night out

Climate change

Tory climate plans set to fail - socialist planning needed

COP26: protest for Socialist change to reverse climate chaos

Youth climate protests

News in brief

Workplace news

Unite policy conference

Gwent Stagecoach workers driving for victory on pay

Clarks shoe workers strike to give 'fire and rehire' the boot

Royal Mail workers stand against 'unachievable workloads'

GPs vote to reject government plans

Workplace news in brief


The fight for Hackney's children's centres continues

Southampton People's budget Building an alternative to Tory and Labour austerity

Save Southall youth centre - stop all cuts

Carlisle says make the richest pay, not the poorest!


Military coup in Sudan - Defiant masses take to the streets

Readers' opinion

TV review Maid

TV review The Riots 2011: One Week in August


Home   |   The Socialist 27 October 2021   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook

Related links:


triangleBirmingham People's Budget

triangleLeeds TUSC: A 'People's Budget' is needed for Leeds

triangleFight for a real wage rise for all

triangleHackney children's centres: Campaigners see through council deception

trianglePublic spending under further threat from Tories


triangleTory sleaze scandal continues, an ex-workers' MP responds

triangleHealth and care staff shortages worsened by Tory vaccine sacking threat

triangleHarsh Tory regime for benefit claimants and workers

triangleSleaze and pay a toxic mix for Tories


triangleWorking class strangled by price rises and pay cuts

triangleCamden Socialist Party: The economy - will inflation become a problem again?

triangleMerseyside Matalan workers walk out over pay deal

Minimum wage:

triangleFight for a 15-an-hour minimum wage and an end to youth rates

triangleYouth Fight for Jobs - why we're marching on 9 October


triangleSupport uni workers' walk-out on pay and pensions


triangleNorthampton: Phoney consultation to mask cuts


triangleCapitalism's economic instability in the 'new normal'

Article dated 27 October 2021

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party


Pay in Fighting Fund

Pay in paper and book sales


Bulk book orders

New member submission


triangle29 Nov Leeds Socialist Party: Fighting gender biased violence

triangle30 Nov Caerphilly & RCT Socialist Party: A civil war without guns - Miners' strike 1984-5

triangle30 Nov Cardiff West Socialist Party: Lessons of October - The Russian Revolution 1917


The Socialist, weekly newspaper of the Socialist Party



Violence against women

Socialism 2021

Workplace news

International news

Working class history



Subscribespacer|spacerebook / Kindlespacer|spacerPDF versionspacer|spacerText / Printspacer|spacer1157 onlinespacer|spacerBack issuesspacer|spacer Audio files

Socialism 2021 rally, Saturday 20th November 2021: Our future at stake - What now for the struggle for socialism?

More videos ...

What We Stand For
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Platform setting: =

Desktop version