10th July: Industrial Action across the North West. #J10

Thursday 10th July will see a number of unions, including Unison, Unite, GMB, NUT, FBU & PCS take strike action across the region.

In Manchester there will be a rally at Piccadilly Gardens at 12:30pm.

For those of you who weren't able to attend last night's meeting we heard from several teachers and ex-teachers about how their profession is being destroyed by the government's ideological attack on the public sector. Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, also spoke about the need for coordinated strike action and how the People's Assembly is uniting the anti-austerity movement. In her own words the Assembly is "the biggest game in town".

Please show your support tomorrow for our teachers, fire fighters and public sector workers.
Please do all you can to support those on strike by joining a picket line, bring along some tea and biscuits, join a march or rally, & tweet a selfie at 1:30pm tomorrow using the #J10 with a short message. Let's show solidarity in every way we can. 
- Francesca Martinez - 

Those on strike are, and will continue to be subject to relentless criticism from both politicians and the mainstream media. We need to make sure they know the public supports them and know that they are on strike for all of us in the fight against austerity, public sector cuts, privatisation and for a decent life for all.

Here are links to union websites with listings of actions, picket lines and rallies, including (please send us in any info you have to add): 

PCS: http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/campaigns/national-campaigns/pay/index.cfm
NUT: http://www.teachers.org.uk/strikerally
Unison: https://www.unison.org.uk/at-work/local-government/key-issues/local-government-pay/get-involved/
GMB: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/july-strike-events 
FBU: http://www.fbu.org.uk/news/2014/07/firefighters-join-mass-strike-action-10-july/
NIPSA: http://www.nipsa.org.uk/Where-I-Work/NJC-NILGOSC/NJC/Pay-Circulars/NJC-Strike-10-July-2014
Unite the Union: http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/local-government-workers-to-strike-over-poverty-pay-on-10-july/

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