Birmingham kicked off the battle for the 30 June strikes last night with a Unite the Resistance rally for unions striking across the city.
The city will be rocked by tomorrow’s strike as 10,000 workers in one of Europe’s largest councils join the education and civil service unions.
Some 10,000 Birmingham council workers in Unison will be striking on the same day the PCS, NUT, ATL and UCU unions’ united strike.
The meeting was addressed by Kevin Courtney from the NUT, Sue Bond from the PCS, Alan Whittaker from the UCU and Caroline Johnson from Birmingham Unison.
The meeting showed off a new banner: “Striking for the Alternative”. Thousands of strikers will march through the city centre behind this banner tomorrow lunchtime.
It came after 50 protesters turned up at short notice to hound David Cameron as he made his anti-strike speech to the Local Government Association conference in the city.
They chanted, “When they say cutback, we say strike back”.
Meanwhile, in Glasgow today, over 100 trade unionists got together to build support for tomorrow’s strike.
NHS workers from Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health branch of Unison were joined by trade unionists from the PCS, FBU and Glasgow City Unison in the city centre.
They got a good response from passers-by as they handed out leaflets for an open-air strike rally tomorrow in solidarity with the strikes.
Many strikers see the fight over pensions in Britain as part of a wider fight against austerity across the continent.
PCS union members and Greek activists protested outside Greece’s embassy in London yesterday as workers in the country staged a 48-hour general strike.
The union’s general secretary Mark Serwotka and national executive member Zita Holbourne sent messages of support, as did the economist Costas Lapavitsas and lecturer Stathis Kouvelakis.
The protest was called by the Solidarity with Greek Struggles and Greeks in London groups. They decided to take their banner on the strike demonstration in London tomorrow to show their support for the fight against the government in Britain.
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