Tomorrow (10th July) firefighters, teachers, civil service workers and staff in local government will be going on strike. These are the people – workers – who help keep our society together.
And they continue to do this whilst suffering the longest fall in wages for generations. Pay for many workers is down by a fifth in real terms, thousands have lost job cuts and many of our vital services have been lost or cut to the bone.
So Thursday’s co-ordinated strike action, involving 6 trade unions – NUT, Unite, Unison, PCS, GMB & FBU – is a chance to fight back against the attacks on these workers and the vital services they provide.
The strikes are part of a wider movement against the austerity policies of this hated and hateful Tory-led coalition government. Austerity damages the fabric of our society and simply widens the gap between the rich and the rest. Austerity is a trick with which the rich are transferring more and more of the wealth of society into the hands of the few.
Everyone should support these strikes because they are a vital part of defending services which we need as a society. Last month’s ‘No More Austerity’ demonstration in London organised by the People’s Assembly showed that people are beginning fight back against the government’s punitive policies.
Tomorrow we will be joining the march and rally in Newcastle organised by the striking unions. Join us – and them – to show your support for the striking workers and to send a message to government that #WeAllNeedAPayRise. Assemble outside City Hall at 11am.
Chair, North East People’s Assembly
More info about the Newcastle Strike Rally: https://www.facebook.com/events/381144902033458/