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(en) Britain, Freedom* Octoberr 2011 - EVERYBODY OUT !- Nov 30th mass public sector strike and ‘day of action’ -

Date Sat, 03 Dec 2011 16:52:09 +0200


Public sector strike for November 30th --- The announcement last month that public sector workers will be balloted for strike action on November 30th could see more than three million people, ranging from teachers, firefighters and refuse collectors to local government workers, hospital staff and environmental workers, walk out on what some are predicting will be the UK’s biggest industrial action since the 1926 General Strike. -- Perhaps guided by the recent wave of political and social protests the TUC announced at its annual conference that November 30th would be a ‘day of action’ against public sector pension cuts. This could be taken in two ways; either the TUC is opening the door for more militant and generalised action, or it is unsure they will get the necessary strike support from union members and are giving them an option to participate without striking.

Given that other union leaders have been calling for “civil disobedience” and “community direct action” it may well be that the TUC have been forced to adopt a more imaginative line in opposing the government’s pension reforms. Beyond the proposed strikes “meetings, rallies and joint events with community groups and service users” have been called for.

What is clear is that as many as twenty public sector unions will be balloting their members for action on November 30th, and the ‘big three’ Unison, GMB, and Unite, as well as the Firefighters Union are already proceeding with balloted strike action. Even within the context of a reformist trade union approach this is an impressive feat.

But what of the anarchists? It’s certainly no secret that a disproportionate amount of anarchists work in the public sector, and we will be looking to them for inspiration, guidance and effective organisation in mobilising support for the day.

Perhaps the most significant contribution so far is the N30 Strike initiative. Inspired by anarchists it is looking to engage all those people who fall beyond the shadow of the public sector unions and attempt to coordinate countrywide actions in solidarity with the striking workers. Already they have been advocating “early morning pickets, direct actions, occupations & demonstrations… to amplify the resistance to austerity”.

N30 Strike has come about from those involved in organising the J30 Assembly, which was designed to solidify support and generalise momentum for the June 30th public sector strike. The J30 website proved so successful in the run up to strike day, providing an invaluable online resource for workers and activists alike, that they are developing the process. As they say: “it is vitally important that we, rank & file union members, students, precarious workers & unemployed call for a mass show of solidarity for those taking strike action and to generalise the strike on Nov 30th”.

Added to that there will be mobilising meetings across the country throughout October giving anarchists the opportunity to meet up locally, network and plan strategies on how best to utilise our time and energy.

To get involved, advertised your event or join up with a group in your area check the website: N30strike.org
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