Raising money to support the strike is one of the most important strike activities. A Fundraising Committee should include people who are articulate enough to go before different kinds of audiences and appeal for funds.
This is not as hard as it may seem. A surprising number of people will welcome the chance to show their solidarity with striking workers by contributing money. (Often because they can easily imagine themselves in the strikers' position.)
Some suggested methods of raising funds are:
- Well before the start of negotiations, build up the Local Strike Fund through a special Local assessment.
- Organize raffles, benefit shows and dances.
- After the strike starts, organize plant gate collections at all shops in the area.
- Make appeals at meetings of unions and other organizations in the area.
All fund raised must be reported to the General Strike Committee.