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Unions will put the case for a co-ordinated fightback to cuts at TUC conference

Issue No. 2213

Unions need to unite to fight back (Pic: Duncan Brown)

Unions need to unite to fight back (Pic: Duncan Brown)


A number of trade unions are calling on the TUC to organise a co-ordinated fightback against the wave of attacks workers face.

The RMT transport union, the PCS civil service union, the National Union of Teachers and the Fire Brigades Union are all backing motions at next month’s TUC conference that call for national coordinated strike action and mass demonstrations.

The RMT’s motion calls for the TUC to organise “the biggest public mobilisation since the poll tax”.

The motion calls for an immediate summit of union leaders to co-ordinate industrial action in defence of jobs, services and pensions.

The RMT has also called on TUC delegates to unite with public service users to organise national days of protest and a lobby of parliament.

The PCS has launched a national campaign in defence of jobs, pay, pensions and civil and public services and has called on other unions to take united action against the cuts.

It will also call on the TUC to organise a demonstration in London on Saturday 23 October to fight the cutbacks—the same day as the Scottish TUC has called for a Scotland-wide demonstration in Glasgow.

The PCS has also called for a day of action on 20 October, the day of the coalition’s comprehensive spending review. This will set out even more hard-hitting cuts.

It is good news that the kind of powerful resistance we will need to beat the Tories is going to be discussed at the TUC conference.

But there will be a row, as many of the leaders of the bigger unions, such as Unite and Unison, do not support this level of opposition.

While verbally opposing the cuts, they are not prepared to mobilise their members on the required scale.

There must be a push from the grassroots of the unions to make the leaders respond, and to go beyond them if necessary.


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Tue 3 Aug 2010, 18:18 BST
Issue No. 2213
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