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What you can do to stop this Tory gang

As the first of the big strike ballots for 30 November begins, here are ten things you can do to take the battle to the Tories.

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  1. If you have a ballot, make a battle plan to reach everyone with union materials and get them out campaigning too. People may be scattered across large hospitals or across many different council workplaces. Mass leaflet as people go into work.
  2. The bigger the yes votes, the greater the confidence to strike and take the struggle forward after the 30 November. So fight for every yes vote, speak to every worker—not just the activists.
  3. Hold canteen meetings, or just get people together informally in your office or department. Make the meetings open to members of any union—and workers who are not yet in a union. Have union recruitment forms at the ready.
  4. Invite speakers from other unions to speak to meetings in your workplace. Every town and city should have a joint union mobilising meeting for reps of all the trade unions involved to plan the campaign.
  5. Use every bit of publicity about the scale of the attack the Tories are planning. Cover noticeboards with factsheets and posters. Send letters to the local papers, do stunts and gather petitions to get local media coverage.
  6. Groups of workers can take leaflets aimed at the public to the local market or shopping centres to explain why they are striking. Organise a joint union battle bus to tour the area and win the arguments about the strike.
  7. Organise lunchtime rallies and demonstrations in every area. Campaign for private sector workers to take part and make sure school, college and university students get to speak. Invite local pensioners groups and community campaigns to take part too.
  8. If your union isn’t striking, try to find an issue you can ballot over to join the action. Pass motions of support and send them to the local striking unions. Argue for a walkout on the day to join lunchtime rallies and marches.
  9. If you are a student or school student, get together to campaign to join the strikers on the day. Do banner drops, leaflet campuses and invite strikers to speak. Launch anti-cuts occupations to back the striking workers.
  10. The fight against the Tories will not be over in a day. Build networks of rank and file activists, bring a delegation from work to the Unite the Resistance convention (see page 5)—and spread the argument that we will have to go all out and stay out to win.

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What We Think
Tue 4 Oct 2011, 18:02 BST
Issue No. 2272
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