EVERY CITY, town and village should be aiming for rallies and strike action on the TUC day of action on Friday 18 February. In Manchester, we have booked Albert Square—the city’s biggest central space—for a lunchtime rally called by Manchester Trades Council in liaison with the North West TUC. Many union branches have already said they want to take part.
Around 8,000 public sector workers work within a mile of Albert Square. We plan to talk to as many of them as possible in the next three weeks by having workplace meetings, leafleting workplaces and getting their representatives to our planning meeting on Thursday of next week.
In my office nearly 50 people came to a meeting I called about the pensions attack. There was a unanimous vote for strike action and everyone desperately wants Unison to turn its consultation for action into a strike ballot.
There was interest in the idea that we should not go back to work after the rally on 18 February. This will show our willingness to fight to the union leaders.
When civil service workers struck against job losses last year, there were a dozen well attended picket lines at all the workplaces in the city centre. The spirit of that day can be carried into the pensions fight.