The following motion has been agreed by Nottinghamshire Trades Council, and by the local Joint Strike Committee, to propose to a mass meeting of strikers which will be held in Nottingham on 30 June. (The meeting is being held in a venue with a capacity of almost a thousand, and they expect to fill it.)
We the assembled union members of PCS, NUT, ATL and UCU congratulate the union executives for balloting for industrial action over pensions. Today must be seen as only the beginning of an on-going campaign of action.
We urge our union leaderships to announce plans to escalate the industrial action over pensions. It is clear from recent announcements by the government that they are not yet close to withdrawing their pension proposals. Evidence for local campaigning across the country shows that members understand the issues involved in the pensions disputes and are prepared to take extensive industrial action to defeat the government?s pensions proposals.
We therefore call on our respective National Executive Committees in consultation with local union organisations to draw up plans for a variety of further actions under the current ballots beginning with:
a) At least one further national strike day before the end July 2011.
b) A timetable for further strikes in the Autumn, both nationally and regionally based.
We further call on our National Executives to start urgent talks with other unions facing job cuts and attacks on pay, pensions and conditions but who have so far not balloted for action. In such talks the Unions should make the case for our sister unions balloting for strike action against these attacks as a matter of urgency.
Finally, we believe it is vital that rank and file union members are involved in this dispute and we call on the unions taking action today to establish strike committees both within and between unions.
We believe this approach - holding meetings where strikers can debate the way forward and formulate demands for further action, rather than just rallies - is essential if we are to develop the 30 June strikes into a struggle that can win.
Why not try to do the same in your town or area? Or even if you cannot hold such a meeting on the day, please discuss this motion in your union branch, anti-cuts group, trades council etc.
For more information or to let the Notts activists know you're supporting the motion, or doing something similar, email Liam Conway of Notts Trades Council and NUT - firstname.lastname@example.org