Over 100 delegates representing 21 trade unions and four trades councils met at the north west TUC conference in Liverpool last Saturday.
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber listed the TUC’s priorities for this year as opposition to the cuts, fighting unemployment and defending the NHS.
Barber said nothing about the pensions dispute. Yet it was a motion on pensions that drew the best debate.
While some argued that the 30 November strikes had brought significant changes that needed to be considered, others spoke of the need to escalate action.
Delegates gave a standing ovation to Phil Potter, father of chapel (union rep) for Unite at Mayr-Melnhof Packaging in Bootle (see 24 hour pickets in the battle of Bootle).