CREWE: Strike, Picketing and Further Action Meeting

Looking back at 2009 and forward into 2010
Last year saw us begin the first national strike by employees in an IT company. The main focus on 18th December 2009 was the protest in Baker Street in London, supported by the picketing and associated strike action across the country. At CRE02, we had more people gathered outside than went into the building that day. We sang the company song, substituting the lyrics with words that reflected the three prongs of the campaign.
We need volunteers for picketing for the next three days of action that we voted for at the last members meeting, which are on Thursday 7th, Friday 8th and Monday 11th. Once again we would like chairs, something to make cups of tea, air horns, bells, whistles and other paraphernalia would be welcome. We particularly need more photography. Although we had BBC Radio Stoke, a local video crew and newspaper photographer with the reporter from The Sentinel last time, we need to have as much of our own footage or photos, so can we have the cameras out again?
If you cannot make it to the organising meeting, but would like to help out on these days, please contact one of your reps.
Meeting on Striking, Taking Other Action and Picketing
Come along to the meeting to hear what is needed – and get any further questions answered.
Agenda
· Apologies
· Striking: three upcoming days of strike action
· Picketing: organising, arrangements and supplies
· AOB
For suggestions on further items for discussion or motions to be added, please advise Alan Jenney by 11am, Tuesday, 3rd November 2009.
Location – CR 0-2, CRE02
Date – Wednesday, 6th January, 2010
Time – 12.30pm – 1.30pm, prompt start

CR 0-2 is the largest conference room on the ground floor at CRE02, behind reception.
As non-members are likely to be involved with strike action, this is an open meeting. Please encourage all members and interested non-members you know to attend. However, only Unite members can take part in elections and vote on motions.
Please make arrangements with your manager in advance for cover whilst you attend the meeting if this is necessary.
Unite Representatives – Crewe Campaign Team – Contacts
There are five accredited reps and a campaign team at CRE02. We would like more members to be involved in organising for a strike committee and picketing – sign up at the meeting or contact a rep.
In addition, there are all sorts of activities that you can be involved in: Health and Safety (heating, spills, icy roads or security), the Environment (recycling, transport), Equality, Learning (for example, see a recent learning newsletter from the Manchester Learning Reps). If you would like to be involved as a contact in one of these areas, contact one of the CRE02 reps.

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