TUC general council split down middle on general strike motion

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.

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  1. Ian Wilson said:

    This government needs bring down! A mass coordinated general strike would have them on their knees! They fell apart with just public sector action….a general strike will do the trick…..frequent ones! :)

    7 September 2012 at 11:13pm
  2. Anne Holt said:

    A general strike might not make the government sit up and take notice but it would certainly wake the public up to the fact that there is a great deal of dissatisfaction and perhaps more importantly the Labour Party!

    7 September 2012 at 11:18pm
  3. Bob MacDonald said:

    I would dearly like to hear the reasons why 16 of the council voted against CONSIDERING a General Strike? GMB leader Paul Kenny declined to use his chair’s casting vote to decide the question. Hope that fence is comfortable Bro Kenny, Surely they must collectively realise the hopes of millions may rest on their decision, They may not for the most part be members, but I am sure they look to the Unions to take up their fight, NOBODY else (except for a few voices in Parliament) seem to be willing to do so. There is no other force for good, to combat, the present force of evil.

    7 September 2012 at 11:23pm
  4. John Peers said:

    The Labour movement and leadership need to wake up and face up to the scale of attacks on the progressive left’s achievements in the past 100 yrs, the Right Wing nuts in the Tory party are engaged in outright class warfare. We need leaders who recognise what’s at stake and what’s required in response. An announcemnt following the October march of a general strike call would invigorate the left and embolded the middle ground who are fighting localised small scale cuts in isolation.

    8 September 2012 at 4:28pm

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