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Unite the Resistance calls lobby and national meeting

Issue No. 2283

Unite the Resistance (UtR) is backing a lobby of the TUC on Thursday 12 January, when union leaders meet to discuss the government’s pensions offer.

UtR has aslo called an emergency national meeting on Saturday 14 January, with speakers including PCS leader Mark Serwotka, to discuss where next for the pensions fight after the TUC meeting.

The deal which the TUC and some union leaders have signalled that they may accept, falls far short on all the major points that saw 2.5 million workers strike on 30 November. It still means that public sector workers will pay more for their pensions, work longer and receive less money when they retire.

The lobby will urge the TUC to reject the new offer and call more strikes like the magnificent action on 30 November to win a decent deal on pensions.

Lobby the TUC: 2pm, Thursday 12 January, Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS.

The emergency national meeting two days later will give trade unionists the chance to discuss what we do next to take the pensions fight forwards.

Unite the Resistance emergency national meeting, 12 noon to 4pm, Saturday 14 January, central London – venue to be confirmed.

Meanswhile, after the crisis in the local government talks yesterday, Unions suspend pensions agreement! union leaders are hoping to meet the government and reach a deal again.

The whole deal needs to go: whether interpreted by Francis Maude or Eric Pickles, it is still a rotten offer which will hit workers hard and clear the way for more attacks.

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