10 May: Strike out against pensions onslaught
The 10 May strikes offers a real chance to mobilise broader forces against the cuts to public sector pensions, argues Stuart King an activists from Lambeth Save Our Services
The Tory/Lib Dem coalition would like you to believe the dispute over pensions is all but settled. But on Thursday 10 May workers from the PCS at Jobcentres and airports, UCU members at colleges and 100,000 Unite members working in hospitals and health centres will be striking to defend their pensions.
Unfortunately Unison and the NUT won’t be there to join them. Dave Prentis, Unison’s General Secretary, did a deal with the Tories, gaining virtually nothing for his members, but taking them out of the struggle. The NUT leaders are supposedly considering further action but the Executive blocked calls for the teachers union to join the May 10 action and are prevaricating on taking action in June.
Nevertheless tens of thousands of workers will be out on strike against raising the pension age and increasing contributions. There will be picket lines at Jobcentres, FE colleges and hospitals around the country on Thursday – pop down between 7.30 and 10.00am to show your support. It can be a real morale booster for pickets.
In many towns and cities there will be marches and rallies. In Lambeth in south London there will be an assembly on the town hall steps at 10.15 (Acre Lane) from where we will all travel up to a rally at St Thomas’ Hospital (Westminster Bridge Entrance). At 12 noon there will be a march across Westminster Bridge to a rally at Central Hall Westminster.
Show your support, these workers are defending your future.