Manchester Trades Union Council has issued the report below on the “Public Service Not Private Profit” meeting on Thursday 25th January.
It’s worth noting that Mark Serwotka, the PCS General Secretary, promised to raise our strike at the PCS National Executive and seek financial support as well.
Trades Council Press Release:
Over a hundred trade unionists, from a dozen different unions, including PCS, UNISON, AMICUS, TGWU, filled the Cross Street Chapel in Manchester last night, Thursday 25 January. One of the best trade union meetings in the city in years, the slogan of the evening was “Enough is enough!”
Strong contributions came from a wide range of speakers, including Mark Serwotka, general secretary of PCS, Manuel Cortes, TSSA NEC, Ruth Winters, FBU president, Karen Reissman, UNISON NEC, and mental health nurse, on strike in Manchester with 250 colleagues on 31 January and Sulayman Munir from the AMICUS Fujitsu workers, on strike for 5 days from Monday 29 January.
The central argument was put by all that only solidarity across unions can stop this government in its destruction of public services which combines cuts in services, attacks on union recognition, PFI, anti union laws, outsourcing, pension swindles and above all, privatisation. The strikes on Wednesday 31 January against job cuts, unfair pay and privatisation will see an excellent start to this task with dozens of picket lines across the city and a joint union strike rally in the Methodist Central Hall, Oldham St at noon.
Manchester Trades Union Council
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