Socialist Worker

We need more after 5 November

by Phil Pardoe (pc)
Issue No. 1925

THE BALLOT result is the basis for a highly successful strike next Friday.

I have done 32 meetings in the Department for Work and Pensions, where 80 to 90 percent of union members attended and were very supportive of the action.

While the job cuts are massive, the things most people are angry about are the attacks on pensions and sick pay.

We have won the ballot—now let’s win the strike.

The union has to get people into weaker areas.

We have one week to convince people to get out on strike.

Even if people voted against the strike it doesn’t mean we can’t win them over.

Union activists are saying they want more than a one-day strike.

The union needs to reballot for more action immediately after 5 November.

This has to be for escalating action to increase the pressure on the government.

Most of the departments’ cuts are scheduled for after the general election expected next year. So the campaign has to continue.

Every public sector worker faces the same threats as us, just under a different timescale.

Health workers, firefighters, local government workers and teachers should all back our fight.

Phil Pardoe is a member of the PCS group executive committee in the Department for Work and Pensions

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