Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the civil service union PCS, announced his “April Thesis” in an article in the Guardian on 30 December and an interview with the Times the same day.
Anti-cuts, public services
In the next four years, the Coalition government plans to cut £18 billion from benefits and £16 billion from education and other local services. The Tories and Lib Dems say this is unavoidable.
The bosses' offensive against the working class is accelerating. Unemployment will be 2.7 million by the end of 2011, as 120,000 public and 80,000 private sector jobs are scrapped.
Hackney council's ruling Labour Group has passed a motion (reproduced below) spelling out the ambition to "lead the fight against the cuts" at the same time as... making them.
Members of the National Union of Teachers at Rawmarsh school in Rotherham will be striking on 5, 12, and 13 January to save jobs.
According to The Times on Thursday 30 December, "union bosses are plotting mass strikes at around the time of the royal wedding."
Darrell Goodliffe, on the left-Labour website "Left Futures", has called on Labour councils to refuse to make the cuts demanded by the coalition government.
Written on 16.12.10
We were discussing taking some kind of radical direct action for a long time before we went into occupation.
The first parliamentary vote might have gone through, but this is not the end! That is why, in the absence of action by NUS, the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts has called a second national demonstration in London, on Saturday 29 January - and another Walkout/Day of Action on 26 January.