On this page we highlight strikes and how you can support them.
One of the strikes rs21 supporters are heavily involved in solidarity for is the #ManchesterBusStrike, where workers for Go Ahead have been on continuous strike since 28 February against #FireAndRehire. This report explains what’s been going on. Since then talks at ACAS have broken down, there was a solidarity cavalcade, march and rally, and Manchester City Council and the Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, have come out in support of the strike. Manchester trades council has a web page about the dispute which is frequently updated www.manchestertuc.org.uk/nogo.
The strike needs to escalate to win. The Go Ahead group operates buses in many parts of England, runs Govia Thameslink and Southeastern railways, and has international operations in Ireland, Norway, Germany, Singapore and Australia. Solidarity targeting the whole Go Ahead group will help ensure the strike wins as quickly as possible.
Union News is also a good source of information about disputes.
Workplaces are sites of struggle which often have great potential power. But to turn that potential into reality workers need to be aware of it, have the political will to use it, the organisation to wield it, and a plan of action they believe can win.
Building solidarity with a strike doesn’t only help it win, it is also a way of building where you are. It helps make workers aware of their potential power. It educates us about the shared experiences of workers, about our allies and enemies and about how to win. The process of organising solidarity builds networks and connections that make us all stronger. To get the most out of giving solidarity, don’t just send a message or donation from your union branch – you build far more by talking to other workers, inviting a speaker, taking a collection, all signing a card, or visiting a picket together. A rank and file approach to building power means building workers’ own capacity for collective action, not taking short-cuts.