On 25 April Unison general secretary Dave Prentis called on the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to organise a national demonstration in autumn 2012.
The demonstration, says Prentis, will “bring together an alternative coalition opposed to the government’s damaging policies including public spending cuts, heavy job losses, damaging privatisation and the unfair pay freeze...
“We need the TUC to organise the biggest demonstration in our Labour movement’s history. Today I am calling on the TUC to set plans in motion to show the government that there is a real alternative. This must include ditching plans to cut taxes for the rich in our society, while those on low incomes and communities all across the country pay a heavy price for the double dip recession”.
The call for a demonstration is welcome.
Activists also want democratic debate in the unions about fighting the cuts here and now, with industrial action.