On every picket line where workers fight the bosses’ attacks on pay and working conditions, it’s clear that a national lead is needed to fight for a pay rise and for government action to stem the cost-of-living crisis.
A big national campaign of workers organised in trade unions could raise the sights and galvanise people in every workplace and in every home where working-class people are struggling with rising bills and falling pay.
That is why we must do all we can to make a success of the 18 June national demonstration, called by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), that brings together the leaders of all the trade unions. A demonstration of tens of thousands of trade unionists and their families could be a stepping stone to national strike action.
But that will only happen if we fight for it! Below is a resolution you can move in your union branch. Alternatively, you can use it as a guide to what to ask for and organise in your area.
- This union branch notes that the TUC has called a national demonstration on 18 June in London.
- We believe that a massive show of strength on that day can be an important step in building the action we need to fight for an inflation-busting pay rise and measures to end the cost-of-living crisis.
- We therefore resolve to:
- Request leaflets and posters from our national union, enough to leaflet every workplace our branch is organised in
- Organise a meeting/series of meetings in every workplace our union branch is organised to promote the demonstration and involve as many members as possible in building for the demonstration
- Put on / request our region (as appropriate) to put on free/subsidised transport for all members and their families to the demonstration
- Further, we call on our national union leadership to make it clear to our members and to the TUC that this demonstration should not be a one-off event but a stepping stone to build the action. The trade unions should produce material for that demonstration that explains the need for the next step: national coordinated strike action