7 September 2012
The TUC’s general council was split down the middle on a resolution calling for it to consider a general strike, at its meeting on Thursday 6 September.
The general council debated the resolution, from the prison officers’ POA union, calling on it to consider a general strike against austerity.
When the vote was taken, there were 16 votes in favour and 16 against.
It is understood that TUC general secretary Brendan Barber opposed the POA resolution, and that when the general council vote was tied, GMB leader Paul Kenny declined to use his chair’s casting vote to decide the question.
The resolution is now likely to go before the general council again for further discussion immediately ahead of next week’s TUC congress in Brighton.
The executive of the NUT union – whose members today voted for strikes over pay – congratulated union general secretary Christine Blower for backing the POA’s general strike resolution.
Meanwhile, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said he would back coordinated strikes over pay, in an interview ahead of the TUC congress.