BECTU is encouraging members to show their support for public sectors workers on 30 November.
14 November 2011
BECTU is backing the call for union members across the UK to show their support for public sector workers by participating in local rallies and marches on 30 November when 18 unions are likely to be striking against pension changes.
Although the government has proposed a number of concessions which would lessen the impact of the changes for some public sector workers, the TUC’s position is that “unions remain firmly committed to continuing their preparations for the planned day of action on November 30.”
During November over a dozen strike ballots will close and organisers are confident that all of them will result in votes in favour of industrial action.
Download the TUC leaflet publicising the day of action at http://pensionsjustice.org.uk/for-reps-activists/
The 18 unions involved in the dispute over pensions will be organising picket lines outside many public buildings in every region, and Unison, whose ballot produced an 82 per cent majority in favour of action, is already planning lunchtime rallies outside major hospitals, timed so that supporting trades unionists, including the Royal College of Nurses and British Medical Association, can join in.
BECTU's research officer Tony Lennon* said:
"Members of BECTU will also be welcome at any picket line they visit, and there may be local events they can attend organised by union branches or local trades councils. The TUC is coordinating many of these activities at regional level, and as more information becomes available, the following Regional TUC offices should be able to give advice on events in your area."
- Midlands: 0121 236 4454
- Northern: 0191 232 3175
- North West: 0151 236 5432
- South & East: 020 7467 1220
- South West: 0117 947 0521
- Yorkshire: 0113 242 9696
- Scotland: 0141 337 8100
- Wales: 029 2034 7010
BECTU will be represented at the main regional event in London which centres around a march and rally:
1200 Assemble Lincoln’s Inn Fields WC2A 3AA
1300 March to Victoria Embankment
1400 Rally near Westminster Pier SW1A 2JH
1600 Rally ends.
The rally has been timed to allow striking union members to go to lunchtime rallies at local workplaces, and still attend the Central London rally.
Marches in other cities are being organised at the moment and more information will be available soon. So far events have been confirmed for:
Birmingham: march and rally in National Indoor Arena
Bristol: 11.00 march from College Green to Castle Park rally
Cardiff: 11.30 assemble at King Edward VII Avenue, Cathays Park, Cardiff (City Hall end) for a march from 12 noon via North Road/Kingsway, Duke St/Castle St, Cowbridge Road East into Sophia Gardens ending at SWALEC stadium (indoor capacity approximately 1,000 overspill capacity via pa system outside) for a rally from 12.45 - 14.00..
Nottingham: 10.30 march from The Forest to Albert Hall for a rally at 13.00.
Download the guide to activities in Scotland (also attached to this page).
BECTU is not involved in the public sector pensions dispute, and will not be taking industrial action, but all members are urged to show their support for their colleagues in the public service by visiting picket lines, joining in local events and/or, for those in the region, participating in the London and South East rally and march.
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*Tony Lennon and Paul Evans work as BECTU's research officer on a job-share basis.
Amended 17 November to add more content about events; also on 25 November to add info on activities in Scotland.