Thousands of people have joined the TUC ‘Birmingham for the alternative’ march on the Lib Dem conference in Birmingham today.
Marchers came from all around the Midlands and beyond. Trade Union banners showed the breadth of union participation. Marchers were angry at the role the Lib Dems have played in propping up the Tories in office. From Fees to Academies to cuts, no matter what the issue, the Lib Dems are helping the Tories drive through their policies of privatisation and cuts.
In 2 weeks time thousands more will gather to march on the Tory conference. On 30th November up to 3 million public sector workers will strike against the ConDem attacks on pensions.
Speakers from the platform reflected the breadth of anger and resistance that exists in society. Mary Bousted from the ATL said that unequal distribution of wealth means kids come to school anxious because parents fear losing job. Mark Serwotka from the PCS said that November 30 will be biggest strike for generations – we have to fight to win the ballots. He condemned Ed Miliband for condemning strikes and said he should side with workers fighting back. He ended his speech with – Fight every cut! Defend every job. Free education. Tax the rich! Christine Blower from the NUT said she was proud her members were on strike on June 30 and they will be out on November30. “We will defend our pensions. Fight on every campaign”. Billy Hayes from the CWU announced to cheers that Posties won’t cross picket Lines on November 30th
Right to Work is proud of the role we have played in this demonstration. We initially called the demonstration before the TUC decided to run one themselves. We were pleased with their decision to do this. Right to Work placards ran through the demonstration, reflecting the role Right to Work has played in the last few weeks in leafletting and mobilising for the demo.
250 people packed the Right to Work rally after the demonstration. Report to follow.
Click here for video from the demo including Mark Serwotka’s speech