Friday, 13 May 2011

30 June mass strike becoming a reality

This blog has already discussed the need for a day of resistance against cuts and austerity on 30 June (see here). This is getting closer. In many parts of the country there are joint union meetings to discuss action on the day. In Truro there is a meeting next Thursday that has been organised by the NUT but is open to the other striking unions and observers from Cornwall Anti-Cuts Alliance will attend.

Close to 1 million workers could be part of a mass strike on 30th June. Next week PCS conference will vote on beginning to ballot for 30th June strikes, NUT and ATL begin ballots next week, UCU have already returned a vote for strikes.

In the NUJ there are several groups of workers who could join action on the 30th. NUJ conference in April almost unanimously passed a motion calling on their NEC to pressure the TUC to call a general strike. Votes for strike action have come from members in Newsquest in North of England, Newsquest South London begins balloting on Monday, and all BBC journalists nationally are set to begin a ballot for strike action (although the start date for the ballot has not been announced).

The CWU executive is backing a motion to its conference calling for a general strike. They are also putting in their own motion calling for a national strike ballot (which would most likely be for action in October) unless Royal Mail delivers on a number of key issues. They could also start balloting all of London Royal Mail workers in early June, and today a ballot of London mail centres and Rathbone Place started. This result will be announced at conference (22-26th May).

These are very significant shifts within the trade union movement in Britain, but there is still everything to play for. The movement must be at the heart of pushing to get dates for ballots where this still has to become concrete, directing any possible disputes towards action on 30th June, building huge YES votes, and fighting to make the day of our mass strike, the 30th June, a day of wide-spread united resistance.

For more on the details of plans in Cornwall see here.

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