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Join the fight – Protect your right to strike

The TUC have announced a national demonstration in Cheltenham on 27 January 2024 to fight against attacks on trade union members' right to strike.
  • The TUC is urging workers to join a national demonstration in Cheltenham on 27 January 2024 against the introduction of  the government’s Minimum Service Level’s legislation (MSL)

  • Under MSL legislation, 5.5 million workers could lose their right to strike

  • January’s demo marks 40 years since GCHQ workers won the right to join a trade union

The TUC have announced a national demonstration in Cheltenham on 27 January 2024 following a special Congress that took place on 9 December.

New minimum service levels legislation means that workers who lawfully vote to take strike action could be told to attend work – and sacked if they don’t comply. One in five workers in Britain – 5.5 million people – are at risk of losing their right to strike.

January’s demonstration will mark 40 years since workers at GCHQ won the right to have the ban against them joining a trade union lifted.

Details for the March are:

Sat, 27 Jan 2024 – 12:00

Montpellier Gardens
GL50 1UL

the Napo meet-up point will be at the Ivy – which is Spa Road just outside of the middle entrance of Montpellier Gardens in Cheltenham.

Please contact your branch and let them know if you will be coming, so that Annoesjka Valent, National Official for Trade Union Organisation, can coordinate further.

Read the full TUC General Council Statement that was approved on the 9th December and outlines the campaign, via this following weblink: the General Council statement

An injury to one is an injury to all!

Adam Harmsworth, National Co-Vice Chair (Cafcass) and Ian Lawrence, General Secretary, represented  Napo at the TUC Special Congress on Saturday 9 December. Ian spoke in the debate outlining Napo’s solidarity with any workers or unions that may be under threat. You can read his speech here.

There will also be a Trade Union Organisation Network meeting on 16 January. Get in touch with Pippa Wood at to join this network and get the link for the Teams’ meeting. We will discuss the demo and ways to kickstart the New Year and renew our recruiting efforts for 2024.

2 Responses

  1. As this is a national demonstration, will there not be things organised around the country to allow those who can’t travel any great distance to be involved? I can’t get down to Cheltenham due to caring roles but I could participate in events closer to home.

    1. Hello Heidi,

      Please visit the TUC website to find out if they will be having anything locally. For now, we are only aware of the Cheltenham demo

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