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Fight for national action over pensions

Issue No. 2297

Activists across public sector unions are fighting for coordinated national strikes against the Tories. Workers keep on voting overwhelmingly for more strikes.

We will need more strikes, involving workers in different unions. They will need to be national and for more than one day. And we will have to fight to involve other groups of workers and spread the struggle.

As the government reels from crisis to crisis, mass strikes can break the Tories. If public sector workers win it will transform class struggle in Britain.

Every activist should bombard their union leaders with demands to call action. This is where the unions stand:

  • The NUT union has its conference this weekend. Activists are demanding national action
  • The lecturers’ UCU union executive has agreed to more coordinated strikes in April
  • The Unite union has declared its intention to call more action in April, alongside other unions if possible but alone if necessary. Unite members in the health service have already voted overwhelmingly to reject the government’s offer, and its members in the civil service are being balloted until 18 April.
  • Health workers in Unison will be voting on whether to reject the offer from 11 April to 27 April. The ballot papers warn members that a vote to reject “will mean taking further and sustained industrial action”. Some officers in the North West have advised some branches that they are not allowed to campaign for rejection. This is not true—union policy from 2008 does give them that right. Workers should vote to reject the rotten offer.
  • In Scotland, Unison is pursuing rolling selective action against the SNP government’s attacks on NHS pensions.
  • The GMB has announced a consultation of members on the deal. Ballot dates have not been announced yet.

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