Protect the right to strike as the Tories act to axe workers’ rights

Protect the right to strike march and rally.
Join the TUC-organised march and rally in Cheltenham on Saturday 27th January 2024.

Forty years ago, GCHQ workers were banned from joining a trade union. Twenty-seven years ago they won back that right. Today, the Conservative government is attempting to restrict the right to strike for over five million workers.

Last year, it introduced the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Act, which stipulates that when workers in certain sectors vote to take legal strike action, they could be forced back to work and sacked if they do not comply.

The TUC is organising a march and rally to celebrate union history, protest against this government and stand up for the right to strike.

UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea will be among the speakers.

UNISON is supporting the rally, which will take place in Cheltenham – the home of GCHQ – on Saturday 27 January and is urging members to attend.

The march will gather from noon and set off at 12:30pm and will be finished by 4pm.

Find the coach for you
Coaches to Cheltenham are being arranged by unions and other groups around the country, with many places subsidised or free.

UNISON West Midlands are organising a coach from Birmingham – Contact: Chanel Willis to book a place.

Birmingham TUC and NASUWT are also arranging coaches from Birmingham.

Click below to find out where other coaches will be departing from in the Midlands to attend the rally. Coaches will be departing from the below locations (more info in the link) – any costs associated with the coaches will also be listed on the TUC website link.

  • Coventry
  • Redditch
  • Bromsgrove
  • Droitwich
  • Worcester
  • Kidderminster
  • Wolverhampton
  • Walsall
  • West Bromwich

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