27 October 2014
After the strikes…
Come to the Unite the Resistance ‘Striking together and organising to win’ conference to discuss where next
Saturday 15 November, 12 – 5pm • central London @ Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP
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This autumn has seen a week where hundreds of thousands of health workers struck
on Monday 13 October for fair pay, with big turnouts on picket lines across the country and widespread support from people in communities who saw the strike as part of the fight to save the NHS.
Two days later civil service workers walked out. These strikes sum up what austerity is all about. While the Tories talk of recovery workers are still paying the price for the economic crisis – with low pay, a squeeze on living standards and a relentless attack on services.
But while the strikes and the TUC and STUC protests are impressive shows of our strength, the October week of action on pay would have been far stronger if local government unions had struck too. We were also hobbled by anti-union laws which the employers used to stop UCU members striking.
With health unions talking about further strikes in November, and a backdrop where FBU firefighters, Unite St Mungos housing workers in London, Unite DSG workers, Unison Care UK and others are continuing to strike back, we will soon have another chance to organise united action against the Tories. That unity is even more important as Ukip and the Tories try harder to divide us.
The Unite the Resistance conference aims to bring together those who want to see unity against austerity, to support local strikes, and to oppose all scapegoating and attempts to divide our side.
Main sessions on:
• Strategies to win: How do we beat the austerity agenda?
• This is what we want: Demands for the election campaign and the next government
• After the strikes: Where next for the fight to save the NHS?
• The fight against zero hours contracts and organising the unorganised
• Migrant workers: Part of the union, part of the solution
• Benefit justice: Stop the Tories’ war on the poor
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary
Mags Dalton & Roger Hutt, Care UK strikers
John McDonnell MP
Fast food strikers from the US
Karen Howell, Support Stafford Hospital campaign
Karen Reissman, Unison HSE/ NEC (pc)
Frank Wood, Unite NEC & Kings College Hospital
Focus E15 campaigners
Ian Hodson, BFAWU national president
Jane Aitchison & Sean Vernell, Unite the Resistance secretaries
Mandy Brown, UCU branch secretary, Lambeth College strike
Adam Lambert, Unite convenor, St Mungos Broadway strike
Alex Ajufo, RMT rep, ISS East Coast strike
Paula Peters, Disabled People Against the Cuts
Peter Pinkney, RMT national president
Dr Amr el-Shora, a leader of Egyptian health worker strikes
Bryan Kennedy, Sacked Unite convenor, One Housing Group
Mark Rowe, FBU secretary, Merseyside Brigade
Lukasz Bemka, BFAWU NEC
Billy Hayes, CWU general secretary
Ian Lawrence, NAPO general secretary
Helen Davies, Unison NEC/ Barnet Unison (pc)
Barbara Pokryszka, Unite, hotel worker organiser