The TUC have called coordinated strike action against attacks on public sector pensions on 30th November.
This is a fantastic development. Trade unionists and anti cuts campaigners around the country will be cheering the decision today.
Up to 3 million workers could be on strike on the 30th November. This follows the 750,000 strong strike by NUT, UCU, PCS and ATL members on 30th June. The 30th November looks set to be the biggest strike since 1926.
Amongst unions set to take action are Unison, GMB, Unite, NIPSA, FBU, PCS, Prospect, NUT, ATL, UCU, NASUWT, NAHT, UCAC, and EIS.
The Right to Work Campaign has always argued that to drive back the Tories the power of the trade union movement had to be tapped. Some said we were crazy to talk about mass strikes, it doesn’t look so crazy now!
In negotiations on public sector pensions the Tories have treated the unions like dirt. They have not negotiated they have dictated terms. It’s clear they are determined to make us pay more to work longer for less.
Now, on 30th November, they are going to reap the whirlwind.
There were a lot of fine speeches at the TUC. Union leaders from Paul Kenny to Bob Crow and Len McCluskey rightly attacked the anti union laws and raised the prospect of breaking them.
Everyone talked of this being a fight to the finish.
There are 11 weeks to go to the 30th November. Every trade unionist, student and anti cuts campaigner has to get behind the strikes. We have to push for an all out fight to break the Con-Dem coalition and win a clear victory for every worker.
We need joint union meetings, pickets of MP’s and protests in every town and city in the run up to the November strikes. We need to build the momentum for a campaign of action that can topple Cameron. And that process starts on 2 October with the TUC “March for the Alternative” (initiated by Right to Work) in Manchester.
Let’s show the Tories that they face an autumn of resistance they’ll never forget.