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From: The Socialist issue 1114, 16 December 2020: Unemployment and Covid rising - The crisis is not over - Fight for jobs and safety

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Unemployment and Covid rising

The crisis is not over

Fight for jobs and safety

Novel coronavirus Covid-19, photo NIAID/CC

Novel coronavirus Covid-19, photo NIAID/CC   (Click to enlarge)

Berkay Kartav, South west London Socialist Party

The beginning of a mass vaccination programme has raised hopes of an end to the Covid crisis.

But in their determination to put profits first, the Tories have mismanaged the health and jobs crisis from day one.

Working-class people and the poorest in society have paid the highest price with our lives and livelihoods, and the bill keeps going up.

The Tories have no plans to vaccinate against the huge job losses and desperate rise in poverty that is already underway - and set to get worse.

Even the House of Lords economic affairs committee has said the government is "sleepwalking into an unemployment crisis".

More than one million jobs in hospitality and the retail sector are on the line, with many already losing their jobs before Christmas.

A dire situation exists, especially for young people who are entering the labour market. Youth unemployment is expected to reach its highest level since the mid-1980s.

Children are going to bed hungry, two million families are destitute, and the Tories won't even commit to maintaining the 20-a-week increase in Universal Credit!

Rich get richer

The super-rich have got richer during the pandemic, while the burden of the crisis is offloaded onto the shoulders of working-class people.

'Thin deal' or 'no deal', the outcome of the Tories' Brexit trade negotiations with the EU will only add to the economic misery - and once again it will be workers and the poor who suffer the most.

The Lords' report echoes what the Socialist has been arguing for months - that job and training support measures, including the Kickstart scheme for young people, are completely inadequate.

We are fighting for a mass programme of government investment in socially useful job creation, with trade union rates of pay. We are fighting for free training schemes for skilled work, with a guaranteed job at the end.

We are campaigning for union leaders to lead a mass fightback to defend every single job, as well as to defend health and safety in workplaces and schools.

Companies that threaten redundancies or closures should open their books to workforce and trade union inspection. If companies genuinely cannot maintain jobs, then they must be nationalised under democratic workers' control to defend jobs and incomes.

But securing a decent future for all means also fighting to get rid of capitalism - a system based on an endless pursuit of profit - and replacing it with a socialist plan of production to reorganise society in the interest of the working-class majority.

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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.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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