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From The Socialist newspaper, 2 February 2006
Public-sector workers say...
'Back down or we strike!'
That's the warning served on the government last week by the leaders
of eleven public-sector unions representing over a million workers. They
announced they are to begin a strike ballot on 20 February for a series
of strikes, possibly starting on 28 March.
Glenn Kelly, a member of UNISON's national executive council said:
"Those of us in the local government pension scheme are already the Cinderellas of public-sector pensions and we have no intention of being
turned into mice!
"The government is in league with the Tory employers. They are
proposing to push ahead and attack our pensions, despite the fact that
our union has shown that legislative change has already been made that
allows employers to save enough to cover any shortfall, leave our scheme
as it is and pay for improvements.
"At the UNISON local government national executive (representing
900,000 members) my proposal for a programme of escalating strike action
and for the TUC to name the day for a national pension demo was won.
This will help to cut across any attempts to divide workers in the
public sector from those in the private-sector."
UNISON's ballot is part of a joint campaign by nine unions
representing workers in the local government and firefighters' pension
schemes. One of the key unions involved in this is the Fire Brigades
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, told the socialist:
"Our conference policy is if there are any proposed detrimental
changes to our pension scheme our conference will be recalled to discuss
it. Our recall conference will meet in Southport on 16 February.
"A resolution is now being discussed by our members that would launch
a ballot for strike action. It has given FBU members extra confidence
that other workers in local government are also preparing to ballot for
- Vote 'yes' to defend pensions.
- For the TUC to call a national demonstration - unite the pension
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In The Socialist 2 February 2006:
Pensions: 'Back down or we strike!'
United mass action can defeat Blair's pensions plans
Firefighters prepare to strike against pensions' robbery
Building a new shop stewards' movement
Healthworkers back RMT and Socialist Party initiatives
2006: Year of opportunity
100 British victims of Blair's war
Political earthquake as Hamas wins election
Public health not private profit
Campaigning against privatisation of schools in Hackney
Lambeth students' successful boycott
Civil servants strike back at Blair's cuts agenda
Post Office: National action needed to defend jobs
Fighting council cuts in Devon
Defence workers battle privatisation
The Socialist 2 February 2006 |
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