Activists in Manchester are busy organising feeder marches, solidarity rallies and delegations for the 30 November strikes.
Every event will feed into the TUC’s March For Pensions Justice that leaves Liverpool Road at 11.30am.
Salford trades council, Salford Against the Cuts, Salford City Unison and other local union branches will rally in Bexley Square and then march into Manchester.
Students are finalising plans for their feeder march from Manchester’s universities. They will march into town to visit picket lines, hold a student assembly then join the TUC demonstration.
Health activists in Chorlton plan an NHS solidarity rally at 8am. It will take place outside the health trust headquarters that Unison will be picketing.
Support is also growing for a 9am rally outside Chorlton’s library and Sure Start centre.
The rally’s slogan is inspired by the Occupy movement—“Our children occupy the future. We are the 99 percent!”
Some school student activists plan to come to the rally dressed as vampires.
Institute of Education meeting
A meeting at the Institute of Education (IOE) last Friday showed the defiant mood in the run-up to 30 November.
Around 100 attended, with a great mix of staff and students. The institute’s UCU union branch and student union organised the meeting to help develop solidarity between workers and students.
Many student teachers have joined unions in their colleges and schools and got involved.
We understand that strikers are fighting for our rights and defending public education.
Matthew Cookson and Chaz Singh, trainee teachers at IOE