Video of the 24th March 2010 PCS strike in Belfast. The strike co-incided with Alistair Darling’s pre-election budget. Socialist Party members visiting the picket lines spoke to Barney Lawn and Gayle Matthews, members of the PCS.
The anti-trade union laws are important weapons in the bosses' armoury. Business secretary Vince Cable has threatened this week to make the laws even tougher, in the light of coordinated strike action against the cuts. These laws can be used to intimidate workers, prevent strikes and sack striking workers. They can also act as a shield for some reluctant trade union officials who are only too happy to drag out the process of organising official action until the mood for action has died down. Alex Gordon, the president of the transport union RMT and Bill Roberts of the Socialist Party England & Wales national committee explain how these laws are being used and how they can be circumvented with effective, united organisation - especially with the development of the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN)