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Other sections are fighting to join the action too

Issue No. 2300

As well as supporting the strikes on 10 May, workers are passing motions and pushing to join the strikes too.

Some UCU union members in the USS pension scheme are battling to join the action.These workers are based in older universities.

Those in colleges and newer universities are in the TPS pension scheme.

The union’s executive has an agreement for these workers to join any other union that holds a national strike.

This means some lecturers should join the strike on 10 May. The union is holding a national executive committee meeting on Friday of this week to finalise the details.

Unite members at the ministry of defence were set to find out on Thursday of this week if they will be striking on 10 May.

NUT teachers’ union members are also trying to join the strikes, on a regional basis.

In the Unison union, workers are balloting on whether to accept the government’s “heads of agreement” and whether to back more strikes.

Janet Maiden is on the Unison health service group executive and a nurse in University College Hospital in London. She spoke to Socialist Worker in a personal capacity.

“The news that Unite health workers are to strike has lifted the mood among health workers,” she said. “It is vital that Unison members reject the deal.

“We have to be prepared to fight on. This fight is for all the workers who come after us as well.” The Unison ballot ends on Friday of this week.

Health workers in the GMB union are also balloting on the deal 21 May.

An ambulance worker in the GMB union told Socialist Worker, “Unite’s strike during our ballot will really help demonstrate that the fight is still on, and that we can join hundreds of thousands of other workers taking the fight forwards.”


Solidarity

Workers are organising solidarity for 10 May. Teachers in London are planning their support. Others have twinned with workplaces to send money and messages of support.

Dave Gibson is a UCU member and lecturer at Barnsley College.

He said, “On 28 March we collected money for strikers in Southwark and had our own pensions protest at lunchtime.

“If we’d done nothing people would have been demoralised. What we did helped people feel involved.”


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