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CP issues 'AN OPEN LETTER TO WORKERS, TRADE UNIONISTS AND SOCIALISTS FROM THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF BRITAIN' . Includes the statement of CP's in Europe "For maximum opposition to EU treaties".
From Robert Griffiths, CP General Secretary
At the beginning of 2012, the Communist Party published the first edition of its Open Letter, rejecting the statements from Labour Party leaders on public spending cuts, public sector wages and pensions and on welfare benefits.
Those statements broadly confirmed the Labour leadership's support for the rationale and approach of the Tory-led government towards these issues.
This wrong approach has not changed fundamentally. Arguing that the cuts should be a little less deep and a little more prolonged is still to accept the logic of the blue and orange Tories, City of London bankers and speculators and the EU.
Nor is it an approach that has either cut the public spending deficit or stimulated a private sector-led economic recovery.
THAT IS BECAUSE IT WAS DESIGNED TO DO NEITHER.
The real intention of Tory strategy, dictated by the City and backed by the EU, is to prepare the public sector for wholesale privatisation.
In that sense, the strategy has not failed. It is on course to deliver privatised services to big business, while also undermining trade unionism and cutting wage and pension bills and taxes on the wealthy. Regionalised pay is intended to accelerate the drive.
The austerity and privatisation programme is working – for the ruling class.
The questions therefore remain: what is the labour movement going to do about this ruling class offensive? And what are the trade unions going to do about the Labour Party leadership's refusal to resist it?
In its efforts to promote a broad, inclusive and intensive discussion in the labour movement, the Communist Party is issuing the following updated statement of its own views.
We also include a copy of the joint statement issued by 16 communist and workers' parties in Europe in May 2012, which places Britain's economic and financial crisis – and responses to it – in a wider international context.
Please read and discuss these statements with friends, workmates, trade union colleagues and comrades. We urge you to raise these issues in your trade union and political organisations.
Comments received in response to the first edition of the Open Letter can now be found online at www.communist-party.org.uk.
With comradely regards,
Communist Party of Britain
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