Communist Youth Organization

The Youth Branch of The Workers’ Communist Party of Iran

“30 November public sector strike in the UK”

Up to 3 million workers are expected to take strike action on 30 November in the largest co-ordinated action ever seen in the UK. The biggest unions in Britain, Unison, GMB and Unite, will join the civil servants union PCS, the teachers, nurses, care workers and other unions in strike action. Unison members have voted overwhelmingly to take strike action in defence of their public sector pensions. This means that 30 November will witness one of the biggest single demonstrations of working class power since the 1926 general strike, and it is a decisive step against the government and its policy of austerity and cuts. In fact such is the enthusiasm of public sector workers to fight back, that thousands have been recruited to the union. In the health sector, the vote was in excess of 80% in favour of strike action and will mean the first day of national action in the NHS since 1982. The size of the majority in favour of action reflects not only the unprecedented attack on pensions, but also the government drive towards privatisation, and the relentless attacks on health workers' living standards. It is clear that the latest government proposals concerning pensions represented no real concessions and were made with a view to winning public opinion and dividing the trade unions. The Unison health service group executive (SGE) met on 3 November, and reflected on the determination of the members, to take action against government, with no compromise over the existing fundamental pension rights. The dominant mood of the health SGE meeting was that all efforts must be geared towards building for 30 November, in order to ensure what will be the biggest day of strike action that Unison has ever organised.
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