Enough is enough: The British workers’ campaign that attracts Bernie Sanders
The cost of living crisis has created a new movement called Enough is Enough – and it’s even getting attention from across the pond.
Here’s everything we know about it so far.
What is enough?
The left-wing campaign has five demands to tackle the current challenges facing the UK and is founded by trade unions and community organisations.
He wants to introduce a real wage increase for workers, reduce energy bills, end food poverty, provide decent housing for all and tax the rich.
The movement calls for a rise in the national minimum wage, a path to £15 an hour, an increase in real public sector wages and an increase in pensions and benefits.
He wants to return to the pre-April energy price cap of £1,277 a year and have energy companies go public, while increasing investment in renewables.
By reinstating the Universal Credit Boost of £20 a week and Universal Free School Meals, along with a new independent regulator to hold government to account and introducing a wealth tax, the organization also hopes to put end food poverty – while providing 100,000 social housing units per year.
A wealth tax, abolishing non-dom status and increasing capital gains tax, while reversing the recent hike in National Insurance contributions are also among their policies.
The Enough is Enough website explains, “We cannot rely on the establishment to solve our problems. It is up to us in every workplace and every community.
It will hold rallies across the UK in the coming weeks and “organize community groups, support picket lines and take action against businesses profiting from this crisis”.
It was born out of the multiple crises the country is currently facing, which is expected to see two-thirds of UK households potentially in fuel poverty by winter.
The campaign comes as several industries consider following in the railway workers’ footsteps and going on strike – meaning the whole of the UK could soon face a winter of discontent.
How popular is it?
When the campaign first launched its website on August 8, organizers said it crashed due to a surge of thousands of registrations.
Rail, Maritime and Transport union general secretary Mick Lynch was one of the main campaign voices at a rally in London on Wednesday evening.
He swore: “The working class is back and we refuse to be poorer.
He is also backed by Labor MPs such as Zarah Sultana, who said: “Things can’t go on like this: record profits for big business, record number of billionaires, record wealth for the top 10% , but life becomes more difficult for everyone. other.”
Former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn also lent his voice to the campaign, alongside famous names such as journalist Caitlin Moran and children’s author Michael Rosen.
Why did Bernie Sanders get involved?
While it’s been going on for several weeks, on Wednesday, US Senator Bernie Sanders raised the cause by tweeting about it.
He wrote: “Enough is enough. In the UK and around the world, workers are fighting back.
“They are tired of seeing the rich get richer, while working people are increasingly left behind.
“We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the UK.”
Sanders, who unsuccessfully ran as the Democratic candidate for the US presidential election in 2016 and 2020, is often seen as the voice of working people in the United States – and beyond.