Millions Will Answer Call For A General Strick!
Millions of workers would join the first general strike since 1926 in a fightback against the Coalition’s spending cuts, a union leader has said.
Mark Serwotka, head of the PCS union, said there “definitely” were discussions about “generalised strike action”, which would send a message to the Government that workers are not prepared simply to “accept their lot”.
Unions were co-ordinating as they attempted to fight back against cuts to pay, jobs and pensions in the public sector, he said.
After months of speculation, Mr Serwotka was the first trade union leader to confirm that there were active discussions. “My own opinion is that what the Government is doing is getting so increasingly unpopular that even a 24-hour strike involving millions of people across the economy will be an incredibly important moment,” he told Sky News.
He warned that the industrial action planned to bring tens of thousands of tax officials out on strike on Monday would be followed by further action in Whitehall over the next two months.
Unite, Britain’s biggest union, is understood to be leading calls for a “super-strike” in protest against the Government cuts.
A document drawn up by the union described a general strike as “desirable”, according to the Financial Times. The newspaper reported that Unite believes: “It would be a landmark in our movement’s recovery of its morale, strength and capacity to play a leading part in a society crying out for credible and honourable leadership.”
Other, less radical, unions would be likely to oppose the idea. The idea of a general strike was proposed at the Trades Union Congress last year by the Prison Officers Association. Unite, Unison and the GMB all backed a motion to consider the “practicalities” of a general strike.
A general strike would cause more upheaval than previous protests against the Coalition as it would encompass both the public and private sector.
The last time a general strike took place in Britain was May 1926, after wage cuts and longer working hours were imposed upon coal miners.
The TUC called on its 1.7 million members to walk out in solidarity, with participants including railway workers, dockers and steel workers.
“What do you think would a general strick do any good?” asks Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.