The MU is supporting the TUC-coordinated Right to Strike day on 1 February. There are many ways to get involved, from signing petitions to attending marches and writing to your MP.
Please check for events in your local area on the TUC campaign page, or on the STUC campaign page for members in Scotland.
The day of action has been called to protest against the new anti-strike legislation proposed by the Government, which would threaten key workers with the sack if they take industrial action for a pay rise.
The UK already has some of the most restrictive trade union laws in the world and we stand in solidarity with every working person in defending the right to strike.
MU Assistant General Secretary Phil Kear says:
“The proposed bill tramples over fundamental UK employment rights and seeks to pit employers and employees against one another. It feels like an incredibly desperate and ill-considered proposal which is likely to exacerbate rather than resolve current widespread industrial action.”
Protests attended by MU Staff and members
MU Staff will be attending protests in Norwich, Midlands, Glasgow, London, Birmingham, Worcester, Plymouth and Cardiff – with more to be confirmed. For full details on the events happening nearest to you see the TUC website and map, or the STUC campaign page.
The TUC and STUC have over 20 events have been planned so far. If you are planning to attend a local event or march, please contact your MU Regional Office.
Strikes are also planned by PCS, RMT, Aslef, UCU and NEU. MU members who teach are advised to read the union’s guidance on how NEU and EIS strike action may affect you.