The strike action on June 30th by over 750,000 public sector workers is the biggest threat yet to this government’s plan to make public sector workers pay for the economic crisis. While the banking sector has returned to enjoying the fruits of our labour, we are told that there is no alternative but to cut the services we depend on.
In PCS we have continually argued that if the £120 billion that is ‘lost’ evaded or avoided in tax every year was collected, there would be no economic crisis. That argument can now be heard across the trade unions and campaigning groups like UK Uncut have become one of the most popular movements in Britain.
If the government wasn’t packed full of millionaires, maybe they would be more sympathetic to the tax justice argument. They however have a vested interest in handing over tax payers’ money to the private sector as they themselves will be the beneficiaries. The collapse of Southern Cross is just one example of what happens when this privatisation takes place.
This is why the unions are saying enough is enough and walking out. And there is no better time to do it.
This government has had more u-turns than a drunken map reader on a ramble, with 10 embarrassing climb downs already over various policies. Although David Cameron may think he’s born to rule, he has still to convince the public. The longer this government’s been in office the bigger the protests have become.
June 30th will see strikes, demonstrations and pickets across the country.
The Euston Tower picket line will start from 7am and we will be joining the teachers at Lincoln Inn Fields for a march through Central London at 11:30. Please join us on the picket line so we show Cameron and Osborne what it really means to be ‘all in it together’.
To build for the strike, Mark Serwotka and Christine Blower (general secretary of the NUT) are speaking at Friends Meeting House Euston Road, Wednesday 22nd June.6.30.
Please meet in the lobby at 6.15
Another very fine meeting coming up is Solidarity With The Egyptian Independent Trade Unions, Wednesday 29th June, With…… Kamal Abu Aita, the president of the Egyptian Property Tax Collectors Union. A man made famous by the tax collectors strike which became one of the highlights of the Egyptian revolution. He was voted the most popular man in Egypt in 2007 and the strike was voted the most popular event by the Egyptian people.
4pm, Exmouth Arms, Starcross Street, NW1,