new statement from the Unite national executive puts it very well:
'We urge and encourage our activists, shop stewards and members to get involved in the fight back, linking up trade unionists with groups coordinating actions locally and nationally such as UK Uncut and the Coalition of Resistance, as well as students, pensioners, tenants associations, community groups, the unemployed and welfare claimants.'
Newcastle's next big anti-cuts public meeting is being organised in exactly that spirit.
Newcastle Rally for the Alternative: unite the resistance to cuts!
Wednesday 29 June - 7pm
Newcastle Arts Centre (Black Swan), Westgate Road, Newcastle
The huge protests, direct action and occupations in 60 cities across Spain have shown how mass resistance can shake the government and turn the tide against austerity. We need the same here and across Europe.
Coalition of Resistance is holding a major public meeting at the end of June because it's expected a number of public sector unions will be co-ordinating national strike action - defending pensions, opposing cuts and job losses - on 30 June. On the eve of strike day, we are bringing together leading trade unionists in the North East with other campaigners to talk about cuts, the alternatives, and the resistance.
Julie Young - regional organiser, PCS union
Dipu Ahad - Labour councillor in Newcastle
Veronica Killen - regional convenor, UCU union
Cris McCurley - solicitor at Ben Hoare Bell, on legal aid cuts
Alisdair Cameron - Mental Health worker, service user and campaigner
Peter Campbell - Keep Our NHS Public (North East)
Craig Singleton - Unite the Union organiser
Organised by Coalition of Resistance in defence of public services, welfare and the NHS.
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