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‘Now we have to make sure we keep up this momentum’

Paul McGoay, PCS Identity and Passport Service group president (pc), spoke to Socialist Worker about where next after the strikes.

Issue No. 2259

“The strikes on 30 June were fantastic and solid. Now we have to make sure that we keep up this momentum.

There is a motion that people can pass in their trade union branches and district committees, calling on the union leadership to name the date of the autumn strikes, which should be a general strike.

I’m going to email branches and encourage them to take up the motion.

There is a danger of a lull over the summer. To overcome that people can take action over their own specific battles.

In the Home Office there is a possibility of compulsory redundancies.

If there are compulsory redundancies in any section there will be a ballot of the whole of the Home Office.

We can’t wait until October—it’s about utilising the possibilities over the summer.

We can build good links with people from other unions in the rank and file. We can go round local workplaces and trades councils and win an argument to get the ballots for action.

We need to fight for our fellow trade unionists in the big unions—Unison, Unite and the GMB—to join us.

Those people can then put pressure on their own leaderships.

People who have struck on 30 June should go to meetings and tell them the story of the strikes—how they got the ballots, what the day was like and so on.

We have to push that through everywhere and make sure words get turned into action.

We should make links between workers in the private and public sectors, as well as people outside of trade unions. People in the anti-cuts groups and students are a huge source of solidarity.”

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