Mark Serwotka speaks at Manchester UtR launch meeting, 29 February

22 February 2012

Unite the Resistance will hold its Greater Manchester launch public meeting on Wednesday 29 February.

This meeting will bring together trade unionists and anti-cuts activists from across Greater Manchester to debate and discuss the way forward for our movement.

Since 30 November, some unions have wavered and pulled back from the fight. But now, three unions have committed to 28 March as the next day of strike action against pension cuts. Come along to the launch meeting to discuss and debate how we can win the pensions fight and how we can use this to inspire further resistance against austerity.

Speakers include Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the PCS civil service union; Karen Reissmann, Unison activist and NEC member; Avis Gilmore, NUT Northwest regional secretary; and Maria Pentaraki, UCU branch officer for Liverpool Hope University.


Mechanics Institute, Princess Street, Manchester M1 6DD
Stalls from 6.30pm, 7pm start

The meeting has been called by:
Sue Bond, vice president, PCS
Geoff Brown, secretary, Manchester Trades Union Council
Andy Cunningham, assistant branch secretary, Unison Man Met Uni
Marion Doherty, senior steward, Unison Manchester City Council
Joanna Gilmore, branch executive, UCU Manchester University
Sharon Green, PCS DWP Greater Manchester; president, Manchester Trades Union Council
Simon Hickman, branch secretary, FBU Agecroft
Linda Holden, branch secretary, Unison Man Met Uni
Mike Killian, branch executive committee, Unison Transport for Greater Manchester
Rick Lighten, communications officer, Unison Man Met Uni
Caroline Martin, Unite University of Manchester
Claire Miller, Unison Manchester Community and Mental Health Branch
Tina Purcell, co-convenor Manchester Coalition Against Cuts
Paul Rafferty, branch chair, Unison Manchester AQA
Karen Reissmann, Unison NEC
Caroline Ridgway, joint branch secretary, Unison Manchester Community Mental Health
Jimmy Thornton, branch secretary, Unite Manchester City Council
Mike Young, joint vice chair, PCS Equality & Human Rights Commission

All signatories are in a personal capacity

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