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Workers march and rally against cuts

Issue No. 2200

Thousands of trade unionists marched through central London   (Pic:» Guy Smallman )

Thousands of trade unionists marched through central London (Pic: » Guy Smallman)

Thousands of trade unionists and anti-cuts campaigners joined May Day rallies and demonstrations across the country last Saturday.

Over 3,000 workers and students marched through central London.

Ollie New, RMT executive member, told Socialist Worker, “The boss class is trying to demoralise everybody into thinking we have no power, and that the attacks are unstoppable.

“Hundreds of our members at Jarvis have been sacked and their issues marginalised.

“But they will be at the forefront of struggle after 6 May, as will London Underground and Network Rail workers.”

Alan Hertzman of London North West Unite said, “The trade unions need to mobilise and show that we’re prepared to fight.”

Once at Trafalgar Square there was an anti-capitalist breakaway that joined a democracy carnival outside parliament.

Effigies of the three main leaders, and the BNP’s Nick Griffin were hanged and stamped on.

More than 100 gathered in Manchester, sending solidarity messages to trade unionists in Greece and all those balloting for strike action.

Swansea Unison and Swansea Trades Council hosted a rally of around 200 and over 500 marched in Glasgow.

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Tue 4 May 2010, 18:46 BST
Issue No. 2200
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