Press release: UK Uncut supporting nationwide strikes with ‘SolidariTEA’

PRESS RELEASE: UK Uncut supporting nationwide strikes with ‘SolidariTEA’

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UK Uncut [1] activists will take action in support of public sector strikes on the 30 November, joining public sector workers, students and other anti-cuts groups as part of the largest day of action against the Government’s cuts so far. 23 unions representing over 2 million public sector workers [2] will be taking part in the biggest strike in this country for a generation.

As part of UK Uncut’s ‘SolidariTEA’ campaign [3], tea will be provided to striking staff on picket lines and local demonstrations across the country, to show public support for workers and to build links between local direct action groups and union members.

The group will also take advantage of its social media channels, where it has significant reach [4], to combat the Government’s press operation in traditional media. A series of guest blogs and FAQs are being lined up to dispel myths surrounding the strikes, and members of UK Uncut’s online community, numbering over 30,000, will be encouraged to send in photos of support on the day [5].

Rachel Woodsted, 27, a UK Uncut supporter said; “Strike action is direct action, and we’ll be showing ‘solidaritea’ with the people on the picket lines on Wednesday. Rather than destroying our public services and slashing public sector pensions, the Government should be making the banks pay for a crisis they caused and stopping tax dodging by corporations and the rich.”

Emma Heyfield, 36, from Sheffield; “I work in the private sector and I am supporting the strikers. It’s not just public sector workers who are angry. I’m sick of hearing the government blame everyone except the bankers for the financial crisis. This mess wasn’t caused by teachers and nurses, so why are they being punished? Making public sector workers work longer for less won’t do anything to improve my private sector pension, it will just harm the public services that we all rely on”.

UK Uncut supporter Lucy Tanner, 28, said: “UK Uncut and other grassroots groups have built a significant reach via social media channels over the past year. For the first time, we have the opportunity to effectively challenge some of the Government’s lies about the strikes put out via traditional media. Social media will play a crucial role in the battle for hearts and minds on 30th November and beyond.”

UK Uncut are vowing to support and build on the strike action with more direct action protest against tax avoiders in December.

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