This BEC notes:
- The growing assault on workers’ living standards in both the public and private sectors,
- The announcement in George Osborne’s autumn statement of a 1 percent limit to pay rises in the public sector for the next two years alongside the assault on pensions,
- The magnificent response to the call for action on N30, with around 2.5 million on strike and more than 300,000 joining protests,
- That a number of unions have already called for further nationally co-ordinated action in the new year.
This BEC believes:
- That the unity shown by public sector unions was crucial to the success of N30,
- That more national action, involving a growing number of public sector unions (co-ordinated with private sector disputes where possible) will be necessary to defeat Government attacks on public sector pensions.
This BEC resolves:
- To call on our National Executive Committee to organise, in conjunction with other public sector unions, further national action in january as part of a continuing programme of industrial action,
- To support every dispute over local issues and to support rolling or sectional action which escalates the pensions dispute and builds the momentum for further national action,
- That where rolling or sectional action is called it should involve the largest possible number of people and be co-ordinated wherever possible with other unions. It should build strikes by millions, no be a substitute for them,
- To oppose sector by sector deals. We all came out together on 30 November, we should all settle together – and only after a democratic vote by the members involved.