July 10: Strike Together, Win Together Unison’s local government workers have voted to strike on July 10th against the Coalition Government’s pay offer, raising the prospect of a mass strike across the country. The Government has offered a settlement t …

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July 10: Strike Together, Win Together

Unison’s local government workers have voted to strike on July 10th against the Coalition Government’s pay offer, raising the prospect of a mass strike across the country. The Government has offered a settlement to public sector workers of just 1%, which amounts to a pay cut if inflation is taken into account. This is after many years of pay restraint, which has left workers significantly worse off, and struggling to make ends meet.

Other unions are in the process of balloting their members, raising the possibility of well over a million public sector workers striking together in a coalition including Unite, GMB, PCS and the NUT. It is possible that the FBU, who were again on strike last Saturday could also take part.

This could see a strike involving all public sector workers, from teachers and nurses through to civil servants and refuse collectors: the workers who hold society together, and who have been made the scapegoat for the elite’s disastrous economic policies.

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But it’s not just public sector workers who are feeling the pinch and fighting back: workers up and down the country are mounting impressive campaigns and fighting for their rights. such as the Ritzy Cinema workers, pictured here, who are fighting with their union BECTU for a Living Wage.

The 10th of July needs to be the start of a trade union campaign to win fair pay and dignity at work for everyone. It’s time to fight back and win.

 


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Walton Pantland

South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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