Last week the Executive Council (EC) of Unite, Britain’s largest trade union, met in London.
Hundreds of thousands of Unite members struck on 30 November to defend public sector pensions.
The EC released a statement congratulating strikers.
It called for a plan “to quickly and significantly escalate the action as early as possible in the New Year” (see page 4).
The meeting also discussed changes to how the union is organised. The new Community Membership system has been launched.
This allows anyone not in paid employment over the age of 16 to join Unite for just 50p a week.
This is an opportunity to draw in more activists to the union.
Many EC delegates joined the electricians’ picket lines at Blackfriars on Wednesday (see page 16).
And the EC confirmed Unite’s support for a national demonstration to save the NHS early in the new year.