A new European Day of Action is being planned for March 13th, or possibly a day later. It is unclear at this stage whether it will involve mass strikes or just rallies. How will the UK unions respond to this? activists should ensure that pressure is brought to bear on union hierarchies to get involved with this day of action and generate solidarity actions. My union, the PCS, is about to ballot members for strike action on pay and working conditions. The ballot closes on 4th March so providing the ballot result goes the right way we could organise a strike to coincide with the day of action. I certainly hope that is what happens. Meanwhile myself and others will try to mark the day as best we can if those at the top screw up. The day of action will be marked one way or another
As UK union activists talk up the idea of a general strike and unions pretend to look into it as a possibility we have to ask ourselves, where is the solidarity? What does that word mean in the UK. I take it to mean action. We’ve all offered solidarity as a word (I’ve done it myself on many occasions) and it can be fruitful to offer it that way in some contexts because it shows you care and it promotes whatever action is taking place to a new audience. However solidarity comes into its own when it means activity. When we literally stand shoulder to shoulder with one another and when we share information and promote action together then we build links in our movement. We also build links to other campaign groupings in this way and that goes to help organising for future campaigns.
On the next European Day of Action UK union activists need to act in solidarity with European workers. Where strikes can be organised they must, where protests are the only possibility then so be it. The trade union movement needs to start planning now for a glorious day of rebellion against austerity.
- Civil servants’ strike on cards with union balloting over pay and pensions (guardian.co.uk)
- Civil servants step up anti-cuts fight (morningstaronline.co.uk)
- PCS union to seek support over strike action (itv.com)