Today's successful protest in Derry outside the 'Steps to Success' offices in Queen St, was the first street action against ongoing 'slave labour' tactics designed to attack those of us on disability and unemployment payments being rolled out by ‘the great and the good’ up at Stormont.
This is an anti-working class Tory inspired policy which is part and parcel of the Welfare Reform Bill now accepted and being cordially introduced by Sinn Féin and the DUP. Today’s action has to be welcomed as the beginning of a working class fight back which has to be vocal and in the streets.
What is more important for anarchists is that any meaningful fight back capable of achieving results has to be grassroots lead, independent from politicians and those who would seek to use it as a possible vote-gathering vehicle as we plough towards the next set of elections in Stormont or Westminster.
In the weeks and months ahead, as the cuts bite even further into the lives of working class communities across the six counties, public sector workers will also be making their voice, on streets as part of series of industrial actions on March 13th. It’s equally important that unity and solidarity become much more than words as we face the bosses and the politicians, those who attempt to tell our class to tighten its belts further and have us pay for their own mistakes!
Solidarity is Strength!