Supporting June 30th Strike Action
On June 30th 2011 four Unions will be striking against the government spending cuts.
Many more will be supporting them. Those not in a union, members of the public, students, the unemployed are all encouraged to do what they can to show solidarity and support.
Many people are unable to attend a picket line or a demo for various reasons, therefore a mass email event has been proposed.
Send emails of support and solidarity to all media outlets, including local media in your area. If you don’t know the email address just shout and I will do my best to find it for you.
Let’s remind them who they work for! Let’s show them that we aren’t willing to lay down and take this, we are all going to fight their oppressive, unneccessary cuts!
If You want a suggested Letter you could start with something like this:
I am writing to show my support for the strike actions which are taking place across the country today. I cannot attend a rally or demonstration because (…reason….).
This day of action is not just about the proposed changes to public sector pensions. It is about the present government’s persistence in railroading through their ideologically-driven cuts to public services, while claiming that this is necessary to reduce the deficit.
Thousands of people are withdrawing their labour today and thousands of people are supporting them in order to send a direct message to the government.
The message is this:
‘We cannot accept that redundancies, pay freezes and cuts to pensions in the public sector are necessary to reduce the deficit. We cannot accept the need to dismantle our public services. These cuts to public services will ensure that, once again, the poorest and most vulnerable in our society are being asked to pay for the mistakes and greed of the financial institutions and the arrogance of politicians. If the £120 billion that is ‘lost’ avoided or evaded in tax every year was collected, there would be no economic crisis.’
David Cameron claims ‘We are all in this together’ – No, Mr Cameron, you insult us by suggesting that but WE, the ordinary, extraordinary people of this country, who want to see equality and fairness are all in this protest together, taking a stand today to oppose the cuts and tell you and your government that there’s an alternative way.
The above is only for guidance, please feel free to add to it.
Below are some email addresses:
1 BBC email@example.com
2 www.bbc.co.uk/news/have_your_say/ Copy into your browser, then click on ‘send us your videos, pics & stories. You can type in email
3 ITV Tonight mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
4 Channel 4 News email@example.com
5 Five firstname.lastname@example.org
6 Sky email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org
7 Newsnight email@example.com
8 Politics Show firstname.lastname@example.org
9 Andrew Marr show http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/andrew_marr_show/8379560.stm (Leave comment)
10 form for This week with Andrew Neal http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/this_week/contact_us/default.stm
10 The Independent
11 The Guardian
12 The Morning Star
13 The Evening Standard
14 The New Statesman
15 The Telegraph
16 The Mirror
17 The Times
18 The Sun
19 The Daily Mail
20 The Observer
Find your MP at http://www.parliament.uk
Ed Miliband – Leader of the Opposition (Labour)
Harriet Harman – Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Yvette Cooper – Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities
Liam Byrne – Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
No email listed. Contact via web site at – http://liambyrne.co.uk/contact/
John Healey – Shadow Secretary of State for Health
David Cameron – Prime Minister
Nick Clegg – Deputy Prime Minister
Theresa May – Minister for Women and Equality
Iain Duncan-Smith – Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
No email listed, but contact assistant at – email@example.com
Andrew Lansley – Secretary of State for Health
Boris Johnson – Mayor of London
Richard Barnes – Deputy Mayor
Use form on website – http://www.richardbarnes.co.uk/contact/
Ken Livingstone – Former (and possibly future) Mayour of London
Use form on website – http://www.kenlivingstone.com/contact/
Val Shawcross – 2012 Candidate for Deputy Mayor of London