Two unions unanimously voted at their executive committees today, Thursday, to back a coordinated strike on 28 March over pensions.
The PCS civil service workers’ union and NUT teachers’ union are now set to hold consultations with their members over the next few weeks.
They will be able to vote by post and electronically on whether they support the further strike day.
PCS executive member Andy Reid (pc) told Socialist Worker, “We need to get this out and about. We need the biggest vote supporting action we can get.
“It will reinvigorate and strengthen our campaign, and that’s what’s key for people now.
“And this can form the basis for further unions joining us in the action.”
The unions plan to follow the 28 March strike with a campaign of rolling action.
Nick Grant of the NUT executive (pc) said the teachers’ executive today was “determined and optimistic”.
“We have to fight the pensions robbery and we believe NUT members will do so,” he added.
“We are aiming to galvanise all classroom teachers behind us in unity with every other willing public sector union.”
A special NUT executive meeting on 14 March will consider the consultation result and decide whether to call the strike. The PCS also plans to end its consultation in early March.
Workers must organise to win the highest possible backing for strikes in these votes to show union leaders that the mood is there to fight.
Meanwhile the Unite union is to hold a consultative ballot of its health worker members on whether to accept the government’s pensions proposals.
The union is recommending rejection of the deal and says more strikes over NHS pensions are “a real possibility”.
The executive council of the FBU firefighters’ union today recommended “a rapid move to prepare a strike ballot”, though it did not specify a date for strikes.
It will also consult members, for three weeks, and meet again to decide next steps.