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Workers to hit back on May Day

by Matthew Cookson
Issue No. 2043

Tuesday 1 May is set to see a major strike in defence of public services as the PCS civil service workers’ union steps up its action against job cuts, low pay and privatisation.

Around a quarter of a million PCS members have already taken strike action this year. Now the union wants to make May Day the date of its next national strike action.

Workers across the public sector are facing similar attacks on pay and cuts in services. The unions should turn this into a mass day of action in defence of public services.

Union activists should be organising in their workplaces to take action in support of the PCS.

Andy Reid, a member of the PCS national executive, told Socialist Worker, “The PCS has requested that the TUC call May Day an official day of trade union action in defence of public services.

“We are writing to every public sector union asking them to join our action in any way possible.

“Local PCS reps need to approach their opposite numbers in councils, health, education and other public sector workplaces to let them know about what is happening on May Day and get them involved.

“We also need to approach public sector campaign and user groups.

“Everyone should be invited along to events – like the picket lines and town centre rallies and marches that are being organised for the day.

“Keep Our NHS Public in London has already said it will send a delegation and a banner to the May Day protest in the capital.

“The links have to be made at a local level to make 1 May the biggest possible show of strength,” said Andy.

In London workers can bring all the battles together in the evening by attending the Organising for Fighting Unions May Day rally.

Speakers will include Mark Serwotka, the PCS general secretary, Tony Benn and Respect MP George Galloway.

Blair and Brown are increasingly out of step with public opinion on the questions of jobs, pay and services.

With the government weakened by scandal and growing opposition, union activists need to ram home their advantage.

May Day can be a rallying point for all those who want to hit back at New Labour’s assaults.

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Sat 24 Mar 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2043
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