The precise extent of the public sector pensions strike on 10 May remains unclear, as some unions are pushing the day as a mere “day of action”, while others emphasise walkouts and pickets.
Unite promises “rallies and demos” as well as “pickets” by its members in NHS, while the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) promises a strike. According to a report to the Unison Executive by Unison general secretary Dave Prentis, at the TUC Public Services Liaison Group National Union of Teachers officials said NUT members would not be taking action on 10 May, and Unite officials were unclear on what their 10 May action will be.
The broader and more solid the action on 10 May, the more positive a role it can play in galvanising working-class confidence for ongoing industrial confrontation with the Tories. Trade union members, particularly in Unite and PCS, should push for more open and public communication from their unions to make the strike real, accessible and owned by the membership.
Members of unions not taking part should discuss how to deliver effective solidarity.