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Posted on 20 October 2010 at 14:18 GMT

Fight ALL Cuts in Jobs and Services

TUC get off your knees - organise action now!

TUC delays five months

National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) lobby of TUC conference 2010, photo Paul Mattsson

National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) lobby of TUC conference 2010, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Today the TUC general council met against the background of Osborne announcing the wholesale slaughter of our public services.

It agreed to call a national demonstration for 26 March, 2011 - five months after the axe has fallen! This is far too little, far too late.

General Council members from the left trade unions - NUT, PCS, RMT and others - argued that the date of the demo should be brought forward.

This was opposed by UNISON leaders and others.

Europe in revolt

100,000 demonstrate in Brussels against European governments’ savage cuts, part of a European-wide day of action, called by the European Trade Union Confederation on 29 September 2010, photo Paul Mattsson

100,000 demonstrate in Brussels against European governments’ savage cuts, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

In France seventeen million people have taken to the streets over the last month. In Greece there have been six general strikes. Here in Britain the cuts are among the most severe in Europe and yet the TUC is waiting five months before it lifts its little finger.

A national demonstration against the cuts is only a beginning. It should be combined with a 24 hour public sector general strike.

Left trade union leaders should act

The PCS has called an emergency National Executive meeting next week to discuss action against the cuts.

All unions need to do the same. As the TUC general council is standing back from the struggle the left unions should go ahead and call a national anti-cuts demonstration before Christmas.

Members of UNISON and other unions should inundate their national executives with demands that the union supports such a demo.

At the same time unions need to co-ordinate their strike ballots for action against cuts, job losses and attacks on pensions.

The next step should be for the successful ballots to result in co-ordinated strike action - a 24 hour public sector general strike - within the next two months.

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