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Action can bring us together, say unions and campaigners


Trade unionists in Worthing, on the south coast, are preparing for the 30 November strikes.

Our recently re-formed trades council met last week to begin to make plans.

In conjunction with local anti‑cuts groups, we have set up a committee to help win a “maximum turnout in the ballots for action”.

PCS union activist Clive Bryant chairs the trades council. He said,

“30 November is potentially a historic day. Success over pensions will give people confidence to stand up to wage freezes, privatisation and job losses.”

Local anti-cuts group, Worthing Solidarity Network, called an urgent meeting after announcements at TUC conference.

Activists are enthusiastic about the potential of the strikes, but also know a lot of work will be needed required to realise it.

We’re writing a new leaflet exploding the Tory myths about pensions, and arguing why a win for public sector workers would be a win for everyone.

We’ve got a plan to leaflet workplaces, estates, job centres and colleges.

This will ensure everyone facing hard times hears the argument for working class unity against the Tories.

Lee Billingham


'We should stay out'

The argument that we should strike on 30 November, and then stay out till victory, is gaining ground.

Lecturers at City and Islington college in north London have backed the call.

“There was a lively discussion of this at a well attending site meeting of our union,” said UCU branch secretary Andy Strouthous.

“We already have a policy of supporting the call for a general strike, but we have tried to avoid simple sloganeering.

“Now the November action is on, we are aware that one day alone will not be enough to halt the attacks on pensions. The argument, ‘All out, and stay out’ really fits the mood. That’s why it was passed unanimously.”


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Tue 27 Sep 2011, 19:00 BST
Issue No. 2271
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