In the UK the movement is approaching a pivotal stage with 3 million public sector workers moving towards strike action against a 15% cut in pensions, plans to increase contributions by up to 70%, and plans to make nurses, teachers and civil servants work until they are 68 years old. Over 10,000 public sector workers across Oxfordshire are preparing for Nov 30th.
Public sector workers are rightly angry that they are being singled out to pay off the deficit as none of the funds raised from the pension cuts will go towards pensions but will go to paying off the banks. This plan to take billions of pounds of public sector workers comes at a time when they have already had a 5% cut in wages due to a wage feeze and rising prices and bankers awarded themselves £7 billion in bonuses.
- Make a donation to strikers hardship funds. Cheques can be made payable to Oxford & District Trades Union Council (mark "for strike hardship fund") and sent c/o R. Kelsall, PCS Office, E1A LCS, Bicester, OX25 0LP. (Collection sheet for hardship fund will be available shortly on the OACA website.
- Help public sector workers get the truth out about the governments attack on their pensions by talking to friends, family and colleagues. Information on the attacks can be found at union websites including UNITE PCS UNISON NUT UCU
- Join us on OACA stalls to promote anti cuts activities to the public (mail back for details if you can help)