Oct 18 2011 By James Cracknell
Unison is meeting in Uxbridge to plan the UK's 'biggest ever strike'
UNISON will host a meeting at Uxbridge Civic Centre on Thursday to prepare for what could be the UK's biggest-ever strike.
The trade union, Britain's largest for public sector workers, is one of four that is balloting members over a mass walkout on November 30, in protest over the government's pension plan changes, NHS reforms and other public sector cuts.
A range of speakers will address the rally, which is being supported and promoted by local residents' action group Hillingdon Against Cuts (HAC).
HAC secretary Wally Kennedy, a former Labour councillor for Hillingdon East, told the Gazette: "We expect the borough to be shut down on November 30.
"Tax offices, the civic centre and schools will all have to close. It is the banks which caused this financial crisis and yet they get bailed out and ordinary people like us have to pay for it instead. If we don't do something soon, we'll have an economic collapse that makes 2008 look like a tea party."
Among the speakers in Uxbridge at 6pm tomorrow will be Unison secretary Stuart Roderick and Rob Williams, chair of the National Shop Stewards Network. Hayes and Harlington MP John McDonnell said he would attend if his parliamentary duties allowed it.
All local trade union members are invited and are advised to arrive at 5.15pm to secure a seat at what is expected to be a packed meeting.