On 8 June the Congress of the lecturers' union UCU passed a resolution which included the following call for a joint meeting of pension-dispute union executives.
So far in the dispute, union leaders - especially leaders of the unions with more of a left-wing reputation - have stressed cross-union unity again and again.
But the agreements between unions on joint action have all been negotiated at general secretary level, and then presented to union Executives - let alone to members - as done deals (or lack of deals, supposedly justifying suspension or delay of action).
Activists in other unions which still regard the pension dispute as "live" should argue for those unions to take up the UCU Congress call.
Congress instructs the NEC to propose to unions involved in the TPS dispute or fighting parallel campaigns that an urgent joint meeting be called of union executives, or subcommittees of those executives delegated to act on their behalf: such a joint meeting to formulate a programme of industrial action. We further call on the NEC to propose to those unions to form campaign committees in all localities to bring about the maximum unity and solidarity.
Congress further calls on the incoming NEC to develop and propose to other unions a co-ordinated programme of escalating strike action in defence of public sector pensions from autumn 2012. Action should also include:
1. publicity events, information stalls and leafleting in town/city centres; 2. public meetings; 3. petitions and lobbies of Parliament.
A co-ordinated national strategy is required which should involve the NEC organising a financial levy on all UCU members to raise a fighting fund so key areas can be called out on, if necessary, indefinite strike action with all participating members being fully paid until we win.