The results of a strike vote by over a million workers were set to be announced as Socialist Worker went to press.
The Unison members plan to join up to three million workers across the public sector in a huge strike against pension cuts on 30 November.
As the strikes get closer, the Unite the Resistance convention called by trade union
activists for Saturday 19 November is gathering support from across the country.
Activists in the Black Country are planning to hire a minibus to take delegates to the conference, says Leo Fisher from Telford Unison.
“There’s about a dozen of us from Shropshire and Telford trades council and Telford Unison coming down. Our Unison branch is also formally supporting the conference.
“People feel it’s important to have a strong grassroots organisation so that we don’t have to rely on the union bureaucracy. We also want to learn from the best experiences around the country.”
The London region of the RMT union has also voted to back the Unite the Resistance convention—even though it is not planning to be part of the 30 November strike.
RMT activist Kieran Crowe told Socialist Worker, “We voted to offer support to the conference. We want to show solidarity with other public sector workers.
“There’s a widespread understanding within the RMT that it’s a matter of when, rather than if, the attacks on public sector workers spread to us. As far as we’re concerned we’re all part of the same fight.”
The same logic applies to postal workers, says Paul Turnbull, an area processing rep at the CWU’s Eastern No.4 branch.
“It’s quite clear to us that if public sector workers lose their pensions battle, we’re more likely to lose ours,” he told Socialist Worker.
This was one reason why his branch voted last week to back the Unite the Resistance convention and send a couple of delegates.
Camden Unison also passed a motion last week to back the conference and encourage its members to attend.
“It fits that if people are striking together, we should also be discussing what we’re doing together,” said Liz Wheatley from Camden Unison.
The convention is also attracting support from beyond the trade union movement, including Disabled People Against Cuts.
Saturday 19 November, 11am–5pm, Royal Horticultural Halls and Conference Centre, London SW1P 2PE.
See the full list of the over 100 backers so far at www.uniteresist.org