Notts TUC hosted a great meeting, with about 60 trade unionists present, on Tuesday of last week under the Public Services Not Private Profit banner.
This was a good deal bigger than a similar meeting just over a year ago and the re-launch of the trades council.
The purpose was to develop unity in the continuing pay campaigns and other forthcoming actions against attacks on all aspects of the public sector.
Speakers included Labour MP Alan Simpson, Duncan Hulme from the Napo probation officers’ union, Steve Bostock from the Prison Officers Association, Jeremy Dear of the NUJ journalists’ union and Mark Serwotka of the PCS civil service workers’ union.
They spoke of the need to resist Labour’s attack and for unity in the public sector in the fight for decent pay.
There were questions and contributions from the floor. People suggested that members from different unions speak at each other’s meetings.
Notts TUC is producing its third public sector bulletin within the last six months at the end of the month.
It will help coordinate the national strategies of the unions at local level with practical support to any disputes.
This was a very positive, practical meeting of hope.