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Unions unite against the Tories: 800,000 ready to strike

...and you can join the fight!

Issue No. 2252

Hundreds of thousands of public sector workers are preparing to go into battle against the Tory government.

Teachers, civil service workers and lecturers plan to strike in defence of pensions and the welfare state on 30 June.

This is a crucial battle that all other workers should back.

The strike will involve workers in four major unions—the NUT, PCS, UCU and ATL—a total of around 800,000 members.

And now almost 5,000 Unison members in Doncaster will ballot to strike against cuts.

Huge numbers of schools, colleges and offices will close. Strikers will have a big presence on the streets.

People have been radicalised by students and others who fought education cuts before Christmas. When we strike, school and college students will be with us, as will other trade unionists.

When we explain the impact of the pensions attack to other workers they say, ‘Where do I sign up to get involved?’ But it’s not just pensions—people are furious about everything this government is doing.

People are joining the unions to be part of the fight. Activists in the NUT, ATL and PCS need to go all out to win the biggest possible yes vote in our ballots.

Workers are discussing what we should do on the day. Support staff in schools, who have even worse pensions than teachers, can join us on picket lines if schools are closed. We want the students to join us too.

If schools aren’t closed, they can join rallies and protests at lunchtime, as can other trade unionists. Everyone can do something.

If you’re a parent, write a letter to teachers at your local school congratulating them for taking action. If you’re in a union, invite a worker who is balloting to come and speak at your union meeting.

Organise a group of your workmates to sign a card and take it to a picket line.

We should link schools to offices and other workplaces in towns and cities across Britain.

We need to win an argument with everyone who has had their pension stolen—that if you back us, it will make it easier for you to fight back too.

We need to resist by any means necessary. Together we can bring the Tories down.

Sally Kincaid is the divisional secretary for Wakefield & District NUT. Marianne Owens is a member of the PCS’s Revenue & Customs group executive committee. They both write in a personal capacity


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Tue 17 May 2011, 18:18 BST
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