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Its now 2 days before what is set to be one of the largest strikes in British history – millions of public sector workers will be refusing to work on Wednesday as part of a campaign to reverse huge planned Government cuts to public sector pensions.

However it is obvious to most people that while on paper the dispute is over pensions, a big issue that unites most public sector workers, in reality it is about much more than that. It is a movement against a Government that is dismantling the welfare state, closing and privatising vital services, a movement against unemployment and “austerity”, and a movement against the huge inequality in our society where a small minority are thousands of times richer than everyone else and whose reckless greed brings about global recession.

Locally in Lambeth there is lots going on, but we need your help. Here are 3 things everyone should do before Wednesday

  1. Know the facts – Read up on some pension stats (see below). “Gold plated” public sector pensions is a myth publicised by a wealthy minority.The average public sector pension is £7,800, which, combined with the state pension would leave these people hovering around the poverty line.
  2. Talk to friends and family, especially those who work in the public sector – Almost everyone will know someone who might be striking on Wednesday. Teachers, Nurses, Healthcare assistants, Librarians, Job Centre staff, Local government staff, Social workers and many more will work in workplaces that are closed or on strike. Ask them are they in a trade union? Will they be on strike? Why? What will they be doing on the day. We need the strike to be as strong as possible if we want to win the campaign.
  3. Make a plan for Wednesday. If you are in a union on strike then join with your colleagues and ideally hold a picket line at work. You should do this to encourage other workers to join you – talk to your union rep if unsure of what to do. If you are not in a union but others in your workplace are  then avoid going into work by refusing to cross a picket line. Strikers are sacrificing an entire days pay to demand better conditions for everyone. Crossing a picket line is incredibly selfish and against the greater good. If you are not on strike then try to go to a local pick line (details for Lambeth coming very soon here) and show support.

Remember: The longer the picket line, the shorter the strike!

The pensions dispute in numbers
£7,000 —
the average (so-called “gold plated”) public sector pension
£24,000 —
MPs’ pension
£137 billion—
amount by which the 1,000 richest people in Britain increased their wealth from 2009-2011
£157 billion—
current budget deficit
£95 billion—
size of the cuts proposed over the course of this government
97%—
amount of private sector bosses with access to a company-backed pension scheme
33%—
amount of private sector workers with access to a scheme
£175,000 —
average pension for a boss at one of the country’s 350 richest companies

Some more stats at the guardian

 

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The Save Libraries protest outside Brixton Library, Feb 2011

Strike action planned to close all Lambeth Council’s libraries on Friday 22 July will not now be going ahead as the council management conceded that there will be no compulsory redundancies in an offer put to the union today.

The latest management offer will be put to all UNISON members in Libraries at a joint shop meeting on Monday. No deal can be made before it is discussed and agreed by members in Libraries and you can not rule out industrial action to protect the service, but management’s offer represents a significant victory as it protects both jobs and many frontline services.

This is a tribute to the unity and determination of trade union members in the libraries, who were ready to strike to defend the library service and protect their jobs. This is a lesson to every other worker – in Lambeth Council and elsewhere – that to look after your interests you have to be prepared to take industrial action.

Lambeth SOS Newsletter for June 2011

Posted: June 28, 2011 by lambethsaveourservices in Newsletter
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In preparation for Thursdays (June 30) mass day of action in the borough checkout our new A4 newsletter – grab a copy and send it to all your friends, colleagues and comrades.

It also comes with a poster on the back that you should stick in your front window when you have finished reading – I can’t wait to spot these across the borough – if you see one about drop a comment below!

Download the PDF: Lambeth Save our Service’s June 2001 Newsletter. Issue 1.

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