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Meeting to unite the resistance

Issue No. 2254

A very important meeting is to take place in central London the week before the strikes, on Wednesday

22 June.

It will discuss two key questions—how do we make the 30 June strikes as successful as possible, and where do we take the movement next?

Seven leading activists in the NUT, PCS and UCU have called the meeting.

So far PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka, NUT deputy general secretary Kevin Courtney and veteran activist Tony Benn have agreed to speak.

The strikes are going to be the next big test for the campaign to defeat the government’s austerity measures.

If there is a vote for action hundreds of thousands will be out on strike.

This isn’t just a meeting for trade unionists.

The organisers want it to be a gathering of all those who want to fight back, and are encouraging groups to bring their banners.

So far 13 anti-cuts groups have backed the event including Black Activists Rising Against Cuts, Coalition of Resistance, Right to Work and UK Uncut.

Everyone can do their bit to make sure 30 June is a day of rage against the Tories.

Further education students could occupy their colleges, anti-cuts groups could organise stunts and occupations, and protests and picket lines should be supported.

In London the day will end with a joint march and rally.

The 22 June meeting can play a key part in ensuring that the strikes of 30 June are as broad and effective as possible.

Unite the Resistance meeting, Wednesday 22 June, 6.30pm, Friends Meeting House, Euston Road (opposite Euston station).If your organisation/union branch would like to back the meeting please email

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