The coordinated strike of public sector workers will be a huge step up in resistance to this government’s plans. For those on strike, its important to do more than simply fail to show up for work: active striking means taking to the streets and being visible as a colletive. But we also know many workers are cross that their Union isn’t taing part. York Stop the Cuts invite you, with your whole family, to be part of the day regardless of what union, if any, you are in. The highlight of the day will be a rally and picnic on Parliament Street between 11.30 and 2pm, featuring speeches mixed with music and poetry for the whole family. Come for as much as your lunch break allows. This event is for everyone concerned about pension cuts.
Unions like UNISON and the NASUWT are talking about joining strikes in the Autumn. But we know many ordinary members of those unions want to take action on pensions now. Too much is at stake for this to be just about those on strike. York Stop the Cuts, with help from striking unions, are determined to make this a much wider “day of action”. We want everyone to feel a part of the protests being organised to show the government our united resolve.
Join a picket line before work – Give 5 minutes or an hour – most will start by 7.30am
Find PCS picket lines in Monkgate, Peaseholme Green, Stonebow and Piccadily, at Imphal Barracks (Fulford Road), Bacchus House (behind Hull Road B&Q) or UCU at York College.
Cycle tour of picket lines – meet 8.15am outside York “Explore” (Library)
Join a gentle mass-pedal through York’s streets to visit picket lines in the city centre till around 10am, then head out to York college to join the march. Join and leave as you like. Why not bring flags for bikes or food and drink to share with pickets?
March from York College – assemble 10.30am at Tadcaster Road entrance
March to defend pensions and public education, called by York College UCU. Everyone welcome – workers and students unite! Bring Union banners, placards and your marching shoes. Ends at Parliament Street Picnic/Rally.
March from DEFRA next to Black Swan, Peaseholme Green. Assemble at 11:00.
A shorter alternative to the above: called by PCS, everyone welcome to join in.
Altogether for pensions! Rally and Picnic in Parliament Street, 11:30 till 2pm
Speakers so far include PCS, College UCU, NUT and UNISON. ATL and York St John UCU to confirm. Plus college student, voluntary and private sector speakers. Music and poetry from members and friends of York Stop the Cuts. We want this to be a real celebration, a chance to meet, eat lunch and celebrate collective strength, open to all the family.
Stop the Cuts lobby of City of York first Full Council meeting from 4 to 7pm
The City Council meets to make decisions for the first time since the May Elections. Labour talk about rolling back a small slice of budget cuts, but many services will be left devastated. Open microphone – come have your say. Backed by York City UNISON.