The fight to stop the government’s attacks on public sector pensions got a boost today, Friday.
The UCU lecturers’ union executive voted 31-0 to strike alongside the PCS civil service workers’ union on 28 March, if the PCS decides to strike.
There has been a series of consultations with union members over the past three weeks.
Dave Gibson, a UCU executive member, told Socialist Worker, ‘It’s really important that we voted to strike with the PCS on 28 March.
‘There have been setbacks since Christmas, but now we have a chance to turn it around.
‘This vote means we can get the pensions fight back on the road.’
And the NUT teachers’ union confirmed today that teachers in London will also strike on 28 March.
If the PCS does not call a national strike on 28 March, the UCU has also voted to strike with the NUT in London on the day.
‘This means we need to build a big and bold demonstration and ask everyone to march with us,’ said Richard McEwan, a UCU executive member.
‘This can be the launch of a renewed campaign against the pension attacks.
‘United national action is still the best way forward but this means we are back in the game.’
Nick Grant, a member of the NUT national executive, said, ‘London region NUT is set to strike against pension reforms alongside UCU members and hopefully PCS members too on 28 March.’
‘We call on every public sector worker and every trade union to support us in every way they can.
‘We’re also hoping that further national action will be called as well as further regional action.’
Anne Lemon, a member of the NUT national executive, said that despite her union not holding a national strike on 28 March, teachers elsewhere can show they want to be part of the fight.
‘We should send delegations from schools across the country to march with striking London teachers on 28 March,’ she said.
There are also calls for other unions to strike together in April.
The PCS executive is set to meet on Monday to consider what action to take after its consultation, voting for which closed today.
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