In London, we expect the largest union mobilization in history with more than 1 million.
The unions have called for the convening of a “national day of action” to protest about the pensions of public sector workers.
Teachers, teaching assistants, fire-fighters, nurses, social workers, school meals assistants and hospital cleaning staff, among others are to vote in the dispute over public sector pensions. The results of which will be known on 3rd November.
Unison called for the strike to be held on 30th November from midnight until 23:30 which will involve; Unite, GMB and the Fire Brigades Union with a further 10 unions expected to participate.
The unions and the government have met and discussed the issue of pensions with ministers who say that this change planned for next April, is necessary to make sustainable plans, applicable to an aging society.
Unison general secretary, Dave Prentis, said the union is fighting for the future of pensions.
Prentis said in a press conference: “This is a fight not only on whether it is right to increase contributions, but also a struggle for the survival of public pension schemes”, he added.
The truth is that for eight months the unions have been addressing the issue of pensions, without making any progress.
The head of the TUC, Brendan Barber, urged members to ‘participate in a true spirit of seeking to reach an agreement’ and end the stalemate.
However, as the voice of opposition, the chancellor George Osborne, branded the strike as deeply irresponsible.
Controversial or not, this strike is necessary and will have massive input from other members of society, including employers and employees, and other sectors of society, such as students, the unemployed and workers in precarious conditions have shown solidarity and support against government measures.
(Translated by Melissa Mae-Thompson)