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26 June 2011

Strikes: a reader

Essential reading ahead of Thursday's public sector walk-outs.

By Staff Blogger

Gove urges parents into classrooms to break strike (Independent on Sunday)

The Education Secretary asks parents to volunteer to keep lessons going when teachers strike on 30 June.

New crackdown on militant unions (Sunday Telegraph)

Coalition ministers Francis Maude and Vince Cable are to discuss further restrictions on trade union activity, including a ban on public funding for union officials and a minimum threshold for turnout in strike ballots.

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Austerity has hit politicians hard (Comment is Free)

The financial crisis has caused disaffection with political elites around the world, writes Richard Seymour.

Four things you can do to support the strikes (The Third Estate)

Practical suggestions from the obvious (don’t cross picket lines) to the friendly (offer them tea!).

Prentis tells Cameron: ‘negotiate in good faith on pensions or you ain’t seen nothing yet’ (Tribune)

Dave Prentis, the general secretary of Unison, tells his members that the government has “declared war” on public services.

Unison and Labour: til’ death do us part (New Left Project)

Kate Belgrave praises the new anti-cuts rhetoric of union leaders but questions whether a link with Labour makes it harder to act effectively.