The “largest strike action of a generation” is announced to take place on Wednesday 30th November. Over two millions of public sector staff are planning to strike against public sector pension changes. The unions claim that the measures effectively mean that their members will have to work harder for longer, yet receive much less when they retire. The government contend that without major changes, the pensions system would increase Britain’s deficit and make tackling the debt problem even greater.
Occupy London also supports the strike action. They say:
The government is attacking the people with unjust, unequal and unneccesary austerity measures. The banks got bailed out, we got sold out. We stand with workers in opposing this government and this attack.
The Treasury Committee of Parliament’s Independent Commission on Banking gave their final report this week at Westminster. They heard witnesses from executives of banks like RBS, HSBC, and Lloyds, and it’s their charge to examine the policy and investigate the actions of these banks regarding the crisis.
We want to remind Parliament that their duty is to the people, not the banks — where is our bailout?
Some of Positive Money local groups do already cooperate with Occupy, other plan to hold their meetups directly at Occupy Camps and many of our supporters plan to be there on 30th Nov:
“I have visited the Occupy group outside the Council House in Birmingham and have given them some Positive Money flyers and more to hand out which they were open to. I’m thinking of the National Strike next Wednesday. I’ll be taking the day off to talk to and give flyers to as many demonstrators as I can. And it would be good to have someone to hold the other end of a large banner and give out lots of flyers…”
If you’d like to help spread the message about the root of the problem with Debt and why it doesn’t have to be this way, here is the flyer: AlternativeToAusterity
And here some other flyers to download.