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Posted on 6 September 2011 at 16:18 GMT

PCS leader urges workers to join Sunday's NSSN lobby of the TUC

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka will be among the speakers at a rally organised by the National Shop Stewards Network on Sunday 11th September, calling on the Trades Union Congress (TUC) to lead the resistance to coalition government cuts by organising coordinated public sector action this autumn.

Mark Serwotka said:

"In June the joint strike action by PCS, the National Union of Teachers, the University and College Union, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, and some local branches of Unison and Unite, put the fight against the cuts at the centre of the nation's consciousness.

"A bigger walkout - co-ordinated by the TUC and involving even more unions - would boost the confidence of everybody fighting cuts in workplaces and communities across the UK.

"I urge PCS members and other trades unionists to join Sunday's lobby of the TUC."

The rally starts on Sunday 11 September at 1.30pm, in Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ.

It is followed by a march to TUC headquarters, Congress House, Great Russell Street, WC1B 3LS, where a petition will be handed in.

See www.shopstewards.net for petition and more info

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The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

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NSSN:

triangleOrganising to fight for workplace safety

triangleNSSN: Workers' safety before profit!

triangleWorkers fighting to defend safety and livelihoods - NSSN national meeting a huge success

triangleNSSN: Workers fighting for safety during Covid-19

trianglePacked meeting of workplace militants, strikers, socialists and trade union leaders

TUC:

triangleCovid crisis boosts union membership but TUC leaders want to cosy up to the bosses!

triangleUnion independence must be maintained - a reply to the TUC

triangleNational Shop Stewards Network TUC rally

PCS:

trianglePCS pay claim: Vital work unrecognised

triangleUnsafe Workplace? "It's up to you" PCS tells reps and members

triangleAn exchange with Mark Serwotka about sales of the Socialist

Cuts:

triangleCouncil finance disaster: set emergency no-cuts budgets and fight for funds!

triangleStrong union response needed against job cuts

Mark Serwotka:

triangleShould the Socialist still be produced during the Corona crisis? An exchange with Mark Serwotka about sales of the Socialist

National Shop Stewards Network:

triangleNational Shop Stewards Network conference

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