Public sector unions in Birmingham have booked the 12,000-plus capacity National Indoor Arena for the city’s “biggest-ever indoor trade union event” on the November 30 day of action.
Thousands of state employees across the city are to hold a strike rally at the NIA as part of the nationwide 24-hour walkout in protest at Government cuts to pensions.
More than 20 unions are taking part in the day of action across the UK, including Unite, Unison, NASUWT, NUT, RMT and the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS).
The action is a continuance of the public sector strikes that took place across Birmingham and the West Midlands on June 30, which saw 6,000 union members march across the city.
But unions are hopeful that the event could see the number of strikers, from throughout the public sector, double in size amid growing anger at changes to pension arrangements.
Andrew Lloyd, West Midlands regional secretary of the PCS, said: “The rally at the NIA on November 30 could be the biggest indoor political or trade union event ever held in Birmingham.
“The anger expressed by public sector employees at the attacks on their pensions and also to their jobs and other employment terms means that unions are confident of massive support for the action.
“The strike is mainly against the attack on public sector workers pensions, the switch of how pension payments are calculated (moving from RPI to CPI), and the increase in actual pension contributions.”
Mr Lloyd said public sector workers or civil servants on a salary of £20,000 with 15 years of service stood to lose around £1,000 a year in their pension fund.
“The hit becomes much bigger with the threat of increased contributions, with no money going to the pension pot but to pay for the economic deficit.
“The impact of the action will not only mean that public sector workers will not be at work, but also those in the private sector will have to stay away from work.
“Schools, courts, council services and other public services will be closed for the day, including airports and other transport links,” he warned.