I was wondering what comrades think about social care workers, and disabled activists, working together.
I attend a forum of mental health service users. It meets monthly in a large community centre, but has its own offices, with social rooms, a 'hub' with computers, and meeting rooms.
Some of the peeps who attend the forum are carers of the mentally ill, Governor Members of the local NHS Trust (elected by the body of patients who have joined the Trust), representatives from other forums, voluntary sector organizations (like Mind, for example), and the mental health charity Together.
NHS officials who co-ordinate heath and social-care services, come to speak to us. And sometimes even a psychiatrist will show his/her face hehe. I am one of the more militant activists, and tend to be critical of, if not, anti-psychiatry. So it's pretty good stuff all round.
But I know now, that many peeps who work in the health and social care services, are facing austerity measures. They have given years of their lives to caring for the sick, and are now being shit on by the bosses for their efforts.
And the mentally ill and peeps in other disbaled categories, are having their benefits 'reassessed', in other words, arbitrarily cut to reduce the benefits bill. Many of these peeps are now in a real mess, and are frightened to death, so much so, that I have a colleague forum member, who knows of two suicides among his wider network due to this.
I think that militant disability activists and militant care workers, are all in this together. We should work collaboratively, to tell the bosses to fuck off.
Leave off the health workers, no redundancies. And no cutbacks in the social wage.
The only way to do this, is ultimately via insurrection and revolution, with all productive means and services, held in common, under collective workers control, whether we have jobs, or whether we receive the social wage.
We are all under attack now, and we are all in it together