UNISON North West activists met today to make plans for the strike day next Thursday, 10 July.
Those attending the packed meeting were in no doubt that it was necessary to make a stand now on pay in local government and schools. Pay has fallen by a fifth since 2010.
As well as picket lines next Thursday, events are being organised across the region.
Regional rallies, organised through the North West TUC:
12:30pm – 1.30pm Rally at Piccadilly Gardens
Chaired by Angela Rayner – UNISON NW Regional Convenor
UNISON Speaker: Sue Glithero – Vice Chair UNISON NW Local Government, National Chair UNISON NJC Committee
10:30am – March assembles at the Pier Head. Moving off at 11am
12:30pm – 1.30pm Rally at St. George’s Hall Plateau
UNISON Speaker : Glen Williams – UNISON NW Vice President, National Chair UNISON Local Government SGE
11:00am – March assemble at the Corn Market, Lune Street. Moving off at 11.45am
12:00pm – 1:00pm Rally at Flag Market
UNISON Speaker : Chris Lomax – Lancashire County UNISON, Chair Preston Trades Council
11:00am – 12:30pm Rally at Town Hall Square
UNISON Speaker : Paula Barker – UNISON NW Deputy Regional Convenor
12:00pm – 1:00pm Rally at St. John’s Square
UNISON Speaker : Dave Dickinson – Blackpool UNISON Assistant Branch Secretary
Locally organised rallies
12:30pm Gather for Rally at the Bandstand. Speakers from 1:00pm
Chaired by Dave Armstrong - UNISON NW Regional Organiser
UNISON Speaker: Paul Lloyd – Cumbria Branch Assistant Branch Secretary
10:30am Rally at Bolton Town Hall Square
UNISON Speakers: Bernadette Gallagher – Bolton Branch Secretary and NEC member, Janet Bryan – Bolton at Home Convenor and NEC member, Karen Reissmann – Bolton, Salford and Trafford Branch and NEC member.