On the 30th of June, workers from the PCS Union, NUT, UCU and ATL will strike in defence of pensions in coordinated national action. This strike is important for two reasons. Firstly, it shows how Unions can work alongside each other to fight the coalition against cuts, whether that is to pensions, or to budgets. On the day, there will be nearly 1 million workers on strike in direct opposition to the regressive measures of this illegitimate Colaition government. From here, the next logical step is a General Strike in the Autumn to bring this weak Government to its knees. Secondly, the strike is important because of the huge support for strike actions shown by the ballot results and the clear desire for a fightback within the wider labour movement. Within the NUT and the ATL respectively, 92% and 83% voted for strike action and in the PCS 61% voted to strike.
As students and Education workers, we need to be on picket lines of the 30th June, supporting these strikes and making the argument for further action. We have to make it clear that this is not a sectional fight, of students against fees, public sector workers strking over pensions, or the disabled over benefits. Each fight has a common root; the rich trying to make us pay for the crisis. In Greece, where austerity is shown to have failed, there are thousands in the streets making that same demand, ‘we won’t pay for their crisis’.
On the 30th of June, we should join workers on picket lines and organise rallies and protests in towns and cities across the UK in support of the strikes.
An injury to one is an injury to all.
*** On the 30th of June there will be a rally in Colchester, outside the Town Hall in support of striking workers, at 12:30pm. More details to follow ***