The TUC Day of Action on 18 February must be the start of a sustained campaign. Some unions are already balloting for strike action. Others were set to follow as this factsheet was produced.
In every town, city and borough, public sector workers need to work together across the unions . Our strength lies in our numbers and solidarity. Get in touch with workers in hospitals, schools, job centres, ambulance stations, council offices, dust depots, libraries and elsewhere. Also consider workers who may not be in the immediate firing line but could face attacks next — firefighters and postal workers are two such groups.
Invite officials from each union to workplace meetings to explain the attacks and help to organise united protests and action.
Produce fact sheets that show how the attacks will particularly affect people in your part of the public sector. Illustrations that show how much a typical 35 year old female civil service worker could lose or the impact on a 46 year old refuse collector are a good way of making people see how serious the attack is.
Get your trade union branch or the shop stewards’ committee to mass-produce stickers, badges, and posters. If everyone at work is wearing a sticker or badge, this will help stoke the mood of resistance.
Get publicity out for meetings and protests and use it to involve people in your own workplace, community group and trade union branch. Use petitions and motions to make sure every worker knows they face five more years at work.
Let Labour MPs know how strong the opposition is to the pensions robbery. Pass resolutions through your union branch demanding not a penny be given from your union funds to any Labour MP who supports the pensions attack.
If your union is holding a strike ballot, use this to recruit workers to the union. Make sure everyone in your section or branch has their membership details correct. Put up posters highlighting the ballot opening and closing dates. If your union is not balloting, bombard your union HQ with motions to join the action.
Many union activists are calling for united public sector strike action. Everyone should get behind this demand and put pressure on their union leaders for united strike action.
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