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26.04.2011

The Greatest Robbery in British History

Colleagues, contrary to what those in power would have you believe; that we are all in
this together and that we must all make sacrifices so that you’ll give up your pensions,
cut your wages and settle for a life of debt and despair - the United Kingdom is not
broke. Not by a long way.

The country is full of wealth and cash.

Sadly it’s just not in your hands. It has been transferred, in the greatest robbery in British history, from the workers and consumers to the banks, corrupt ministers and the bank accounts of the super-rich elite.

“I hope we shall… crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and to bid defiance to the laws of their country.”
Thomas Jefferson, letter to George Logan.
November 12, 1816

As a nation, we have allowed a small group of men to steal and hoard the bulk of the wealth that runs our economy; we have given our hard-fought Democracy to the wealthy elite.

The Stock Exchange, the banks and multinational conglomerates now run this once great country… and, until the start of the protests gripping the World, the rest of us have felt completely helpless, unable to find a way to do anything about it.

We are nothing more than trades union activists that have learned via the TUC. Our economy needs to grow…

• It can only grow when we invest in producing things that people want
• It can only grow when we invest in decent jobs with decent wages that we use to buy the things we need and thus create more jobs
• It can only grow when we invest in providing an outstanding education system which then grows a new generation of skilled workers, scientists, inventors, artists and creative thinkers who we then invest to create the next mind-blowing ideas for the world.

And these new ideas create even more new jobs and that colleagues, creates revenue for the state.

But if those that have the most money don’t pay their fair share of taxes, the state can’t function. The schools can’t afford to produce the best and the brightest who will go on to create those jobs. The poor become poorer while the rich continue to get richer and horde their wealth.

Now is the time to stand up and fight against these continued attacks on the workers… The branch has been at every rally in Scotland for the ‘There is a better way’ campaign… We need you to start supporting your union… we need to start campaigning together… United.

Shotts
Local Branch