Scottish Socialist Party stages its own Autumn Statement – on the streets!

richieBy Richie Venton, SSP national workplace organiser

As Tory Chancellor Philip Hammond declares his Autumn Statement from the opulence of Westminster tomorrow – on the Tories’ plans for public spending cuts, reduced taxation of big business, and continued assaults on the low-paid and poorest through welfare and in-work benefit cuts – the SSP is holding a national day of action to highlight our socialist alternative.

No End to Tory Atrocities

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Tory chancellor Philip Hammond (photo: Foreign & Commonwealth Office – CC BY 2.0)

Speculation is rife about what the Tory Autumn Statement will include. It’s been prefaced by a series of allegedly ‘good news stories’ about handouts to businesses for Research & Development, investment in England’s roads, and a probable suspension of planned hikes on fuel duty.

It’s also been announced amidst ominous estimates of “a £100billion black hole due to Brexit” – which of course Hammond has used to emphasise “the need above all for stability and financial certainty”.

It seems almost definite that former businessman Hammond will forge ahead with £30-a-week cuts to disability benefits, for people deemed to be on the road towards being able to work – cutting their Employment Support Allowance to a derisory £73-a-week.

The Tories seem equally hellbent on ‘creating financial certainty’ by slashing £3.4billion from in-work benefits under Universal Credit, drastically reducing the amount low-paid workers are allowed to earn before the new version of Working Tax Credits are withdrawn.

Hammond […] has already made clear that ‘austerity isn’t over’
They look set to sustain and prolong a decade of public sector pay cuts; and simultaneously cut taxation on the tax-dodging corporations, in a state that already enjoys the lowest Corporation Tax in the western world, bar the South of Ireland and Estonia.

Hammond would like to distance himself slightly from his obnoxious predecessor George Osborne, but he has already made clear that ‘austerity isn’t over’. In plain language, the Tories will carry on cutting the incomes of the working class and poorest to boost the profits and privileges of big business and the richest.

SSP NATIONAL DAY OF STREET PROTESTS

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On the streets of Motherwell!

The SSP refuses to accept this dictatorship of the rich, for the rich, without a fightback. We plan protests on the streets of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Irvine, Stirling, Motherwell, Coatbridge, Paisley… the list is growing daily. Our message is clear, hard-hitting and realistic.

We will highlight the call for a universal basic income, instead of the continued cruelty of benefit sanctions
Our street events will demonstrate our determination to outlaw poverty pay by demanding an immediate £10-an-hour minimum wage for all at 16 upwards, with equal pay for women – and full union rights for all. That’s one of the pivotal measures required to eliminate the criminal levels of child poverty, with one in three kids suffering officially-recognized deprivation in Scotland – part of the world’s fifth-biggest economy!

We want to abolish the modern serfdom of zero hours contracts – a curse on 120,000 Scottish workers’ lives – with our pioneering demand for a guaranteed 16-hour minimum working week in all contracts – unless a worker and their union rep asks for lesser hours to suit a worker’s circumstances.

Austerity - not the new normal!
Austerity – not the new normal!

We will highlight the call for a universal basic income, instead of the continued cruelty of benefit sanctions, and starvation benefit levels, that have driven thousands of Scots into destitution, literal starvation, and even suicide.

Stand Up for the Millions against the Millionaires

The Tories are standing up for the banks, big business and billionaires. As Scotland’s Socialist Party, we stand up for the working class majority, the real wealth creators, demanding the full fruits of our collective labour is used to secure decent living standards for all in this rich nation.

The SSP appeals to local people to show their outrage at Tory priorities by naming rip-off employers on the ‘Roll of Shame’ we will have on display at our street protests on Wednesday.

We are out to make a People’s Autumn Statement of Intent – demanding the fabulous wealth of the nation is radically redistributed from the rich to the rest of us.

If you want to join the nearest protest on our national day of action, please feel free to join in, or contact us for further details.

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Glasgow

11am to 1pm
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Irvine

11am to 1pm
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Coatbridge

11am to 1pm
Town centre by Greggs/Asda
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Edinburgh

12 noon to 2pm
East End of Princes St, at the horse
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Paisley

11.30am onwards
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Stirling

12noon-2pm
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Motherwell

11am onwards
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Aberdeen

12noon to 2pm
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Dundee

12.30pm onwards
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