This is trade unionism's moment. Voters are increasingly worried about the cuts, and are ready to hear an alternative to the eye-watering spending decisions expected in next month's comprehensive spending review.
Our challenge is to turn this into a great campaign, uniting a coalition of communities, service users and political and campaign groups to stop the most savage cuts in our welfare and social infrastructure for generations.
Unions will have to reach well beyond our membership – which, at more than 6 million, makes us still the country's biggest voluntary organisation by far – to secure a mass impact. But no one else can play this central role, extending beyond party politics and sectional interests to speak up for beleaguered Britain as a whole.