Reviving the rank and file

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Why aren’t we following the example set by the junior doctors? Rachel Eborall looks at the arguments we need to make to revive the rank and file movement and put militant action back on the agenda

Junior Doctors rally, 10 March 2016. Photo: Steve Eason Junior Doctors rally, 10 March 2016. Photo: Steve Eason

The fact that the working class is paying for a crisis they did not cause is clear for all to see. According to the GMB union, 631,000 public sector jobs have been cut. NHS workers have seen their pay cut by 20% in real terms, teachers have faced attacks to their pay and conditions. Private sector employers have used the economic crisis as an excuse to cut wages and make people redundant. The use of zero hour contracts has sky-rocketed in both the public and the private sectors.

Lack of combativity

It shouldn’t surprise us that the Tories are making the working class pay for the crisis – in…

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