November 30th Strike Action
27 Unions nationally including 2 balloting in Northern Ireland. Biggest strike since 1926. Most unions have come out with 80% support. Information has been sent to branch contacts of striking unions. Report presented.
The police approached Trades Council regarding our demonstration, our rally due to be on North St outside Civic although troops returning from Afghanistan on same day. This has limited march and demonstration. Discussion about using Dhol band more in Queens Square.
Thanks to Nick and Adrian for liaising with police and council officials etc.
The numbers that will demonstrate are unknown, estimated 600, four times June 30th. Organisation on slogans for rally. Various routes and extension of routes was discussed as it is limited by the forces march. Risks assessments were discussed. Stewards briefing will be done.
Could something happen in Queens Square prior to rally? Several delegates agreed to this so about 10am in Queens Square.
Activity and public stalls, leafleting on Saturday 26th November.
10.30 – 12.30am– Bilston
10.30 – 12.30am– Wednesfield
Leaflets available for rally. Own union leaflets for store plus 100 or so of the general November 30th leaflets.
7.30am – 28 & 29th November. Railway, Bus station leafleting.
Placards to be placed on buildings that are closed. Presence needed at North East Academy. Bro. Kelleher needs details of where picket lines will be.
Adverts for Express and Star 4 - ½ page adverts on 26/28/29/30th November. Final one will not mention rally. Including 3 articles is a good idea. Need to mention Private as well as Public pensions.
There has been an apparent lack of support from our local Labour MPs.
Photographs needed for website. Need to plan what comes after 30th November strike action. Need private sector to be involved next time.
We need a Publicity Officer. Unions to include mention of rally in their press release. Local radio also discussed. Need to keep each other appraised of the situation.