The Public & Commercial Services (PCS) union are holding a national strike on budget day (this wednesday) as the start of a renewed campaign against the governments attacks on their members pay and conditions, and cuts to essential services. We send our solidarity to all those going out on strike, and everyone else involved in the larger struggle against government cuts.
In Bristol there will be a Rally held outside Tony Benn House (formally transport house) at 12.30, for PCS members and other supporters.
There will also be picket lines outside many government offices from aroynd 7am, including Eagle house job centre in the centre, Temple Quay House (near temple meads), and HMRC offices in Redland. Get down if you can to show your support, remember solidarity forever doesn’t mean just sometimes!
K: “Guess what? The south west TUC are actually organising a big event for Mayday this year.”
K: “I bet you can’t guess exactly what that are going to do?”
B: “Oh a challenge huh? Well, they will not do it on May day, it will be on the following Saturday. There will be an A to B march from City Hall at …11.00 am?! It will finish in Castle Park for a Rally at the band stand.”
K: “Ha, yes, exactly that! Also I’ve managed to find out where the next organising meeting for the march is. They’ve invited a few groups along, maybe our invite got lost in the post, lucky we found out about it huh?”
So we decided to pop along to the meeting to see if we could have some say on the plans for May Day. Last year we were involved in a group organising (and encouraging others to organise) a week of action based around Mayday including a march and rally hosted by BADACA. We thought we would see how plans were panning out for this years May Day celebrations, expecting a large public meeting (last year had 30+ people at the ‘first of may group’ meetings) we instead found ourselves in some sort of steering committee, Continue reading
Update: video of the march/rally
On Thursday workers from Unite Health, Univesity and College Union, and the Public & Commercial Services Union will be on strike. Whilst the official reason for the public sector strikes is always ‘pensions’, this is only because the unions are legally bound to strike on matters that directly affect their members employment. If you speak to the rank and file members of these unions it is clear the strikes are against the governments cuts agenda as a whole, not just the cuts to their own pensions. They are are a response to some of the largest attacks on the quality of life of the working classes, poor, elderly and vulnerable that have ever taken place in this country.
Get down to the picket lines (full list below) and lend your support if you can. There is also a march starting at 10.30am from the Bristol Royal Infirmary picket lines.