Sunday 18 September 2011

TUC call coordinated strike action over pensions on 30th November

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.

See also

November 30 battle map

Pensions results round-up

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2 comments

  1. derek prophet said:

    i think that david cameron has no idea regarding the working man and women the way things are going it could be back to thatcher times.

    14 November 2011 at 3:47pm
  2. Vic Collins said:

    Your statements above are inflammatory in the extreme and, I hope and truly believe, are not the values that most people, union and non-union members alike, actually support. If you get rid of a Conservative government what would a Labour government do, take us along the same route it did before and leave the country in even more debt. That would be disastrous!

    I was previously a member of the BT union and struck in support of a wage claim way back so I am not a die hard Conservative but one of the floating voters who actually think before I vote at each election. I am not blind and I know that much of what every government , be it Conservative or labour, does is good.

    I also do not believe that any government should be attacking the workers or their pensions and in that case I fully support the unions in this particular strike action.

    However, I also believe that the banks and higher management should be made to pay for their excessive profiteering and “bonus” culture which doesn’t actually reflect much of what they actually do. However, :about did nothing about them and nor would they. After all, just like Conservative MP’s they know where their bread is buttered and, once they leave parliament, they will seek jobs in those very management positions I am referring to and take their massive pay and bonuses also.

    We cannot win whoever is in power but please don’t be blinded by your obvious Labour bias. They are all very much the same underneath.

    23 November 2011 at 1:34pm

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