UNITE members in public services including health, education and local authorities have voted by around 75% for strike action in defence of their pensions. The pensions strike on 30th November is part of much a much wider day of action against the cuts which are impacting on all the services the public relies on.
The media is full of misinformation about public sector pensions. UNITE has produced an excellent leaflet aimed at private sector workers to explain the issues, as well as a poster you can display to show your support.
As a result of the new agreement, Fujitsu staff are not striking on 30th November. However, many of us often work on sites where staff will be striking and there may well be picket lines. All trade unionists rely on unity and solidarity to achieve their goals, and the tradition of respecting picket lines and not crossing them is central to this. Fujitsu has prepared a statement which says:
“we recognise that some Fujitsu employees may not wish to cross a picket line, may wish to arrive at work later than normal, may need to make alternative childcare arrangements or may wish to take annual leave on the 30th November. In any of these situations it is essential that employees notify their line manager of such an intent no later than 23rd November to ensure appropriate arrangements can be made. Please note, I cannot guarantee that all requests will be accepted as managers will be required to ensure services are provided as usual but we will be flexible where it is viable.”
Wherever you are on 30th November, members should be careful that they are not being taken advantage of to undermine industrial action being taken by other trade unionists.
If you have any annual leave left, can you take a day off and go to show your support for the day of action? UNITE’s web site includes a map with details of events all over the country.
Even if you can’t make it along to one of the events, you could still pop along to a picket line on your way to work to show your support.