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Tags: anti-cuts, N30, the commune
Categories : organising for class struggle
Steve Ryan, a PCS activist in Wrexham, looks at the aftermath of the November 30th pensions strike and the opportunities for class struggle in the year ahead.
November 30th. I was dropped off by the picket lines outside a large government building in Cardiff. The line was well attended, the PCS yellow jackets bright in the dawn light, The wood was already blazing in the brazier, The mood was upbeat and determined.
As the dawn broke a rainbow appeared over the building: that’s where our pensions are, someone quipped. Pictures were taken, reports sent in.
From the lines we travelled into Cardiff to join the march. 5,000 people, some say, certainly it was big, biggest for years, The march was noisy, with music and chants, Crowds thronged the pavements clapping and cheering, We debated when we could last remember this happening. The march needed with the usual speeches from union bosses and sympathetic politicos, By about 3pm we were done and drifting home, or to cafes and pubs. It had been a momentous day , reports had been received from comrades all over the UK with similar stories, biggest ever march, solid picket lines, huge support from the public. Read the rest of this entry »
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Tags: N30, pensions, sheffield, the commune
Categories : sheffield, strikes
Clifford Biddulph reports on the November 30th strike day in Sheffield, which saw little scabbing but a demo no larger than on June 30th.
On the previous strike day in Sheffield on June 30th, the main council unions were not on strike but joined the strike rally at lunch time. Even then as the march passed the council buildings in the city centre, most council workers were at work. This time from early morning the were small groups of pickets at council buildings with trade union flags prominent.
Most of the pickets were Unison. But there was also a GMB presence. Very few council staff went into work or crossed the picket line. It was mainly managers. However, Capita, a private company, is contracted to provide some services and their workers went in. A Unison steward said they had been given permission not to strike. The customers were on strike as well: they obviously thought there would be no service. Read the rest of this entry »
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Tags: N30, the commune
Categories : strikes
The Commune’s leaflet for Wednesday’s strike looks at how we can escalate the fight against cuts, and how this fits into the goal of revolutionising society. Click the image to see the PDF.
If you would like to meet up with us on the day in your city, email email@example.com. That afternoon we are also having a public meeting in Sheffield on the communist alternative view of public services and the ‘welfare state’ – see here. Read the rest of this entry »
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Tags: austerity, N30, the commune
Categories : strikes, welfare state
On 30th November (‘N30’) the UK will see the biggest day yet of strike action by public sector workers as part of a fight against the government’s austerity plans. Over twenty unions representing 3 million public sector workers will strike over government attempts to significantly increase employee contributions while reducing employer contributions to pension schemes, raise the retirement age, and drastically reduce pension pay-outs to workers. Workers in both the public and private sectors are facing similar job cuts.
This strike, as well as the square occupations and the recent electricians’ strike over pay cuts are part of a broader struggle against austerity sweeping across the world. Read the rest of this entry »