“This Saturday will again see a major demonstration in London against this government’s policy of support for George Bush’s war and occupation of Iraq.
“The trade union movement, including my own union, PCS, has played a significant role in the anti-war movement and I am proud to be supporting this demonstration.
“Next week is set to see another major event — an unprecedented strike on Wednesday by public sector unions representing 1.3 million workers, in defence of pension rights.
“As with the decision to go to war, the New Labour government is ignoring the wishes of the vast majority of people, who reject its drive to raise the retirement age and worsen pension provision.
“Millions of public sector workers signed a contract with the government in good faith. Now they face robbery on an unprecedented scale.
“A government that has a bottomless pit to pursue an illegal war abroad is now telling working people here that it cannot afford to pay for the pensions it promised.
“That’s why I would appeal to everyone who marches on Saturday to support public sector workers on their picket lines and demonstrations next Wednesday.
“We are fighting to resist the drive to make all workers work longer and harder for less. The theme uniting Saturday’s march and Wednesday’s strike is that in any decent society the priority would be welfare, not warfare.”