Socialist Worker

All the day’s rallies, from A to Z

Issue No. 2259

More than 100,000 people joined protests, rallies and stunts across Britain on 30 June.

Some 400 protested in Barnsley, 100 in Bath, 10,000 in Birmingham and 500 in Bradford.

In Brighton, an impressive 4,000 marched after a morning of solid picket lines. Sarah Young said the march was “very lively” and there was “a fire truck driving around flying both NUT and FBU union flags”.

Bristol saw more than 5,000 take to the streets. Dave, a CWU union member, said, “This is the biggest march I’ve seen in a very long time here. Postal workers refused to cross picket lines this morning—we’re all in great spirits.”

Some 200 protested in Camberley and 1,500 in Cambridge. There was a 3,000‑strong march in Cardiff.

Another 200 marched in Carlisle and up to 800 in Chelmsford. Paul Topley said that some marchers joined a later protest in Basildon in support of Travellers at Dale Farm who face eviction.

Four hundred marched in Coventry and 250 in Derby. NUT member Sue Arguile said the strikes had been “solid” and the mood “upbeat”.

Around 350 workers rallied in Doncaster before joining a 3,000‑strong march in Sheffield.

There were 500 on the march in Dorchester, where Unison held a solidarity meeting afterwards.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber spoke at a 500-strong rally in Exeter. Many more couldn’t fit into the room—there were more than 1,000 at the protest.

NUT and UCU member Jim Thompson was applauded when he said that sustained action was needed across the unions.

Nearly 1,000 joined a strike rally in Glasgow. Lots of children came with homemade banners.

PCS president Janice Godrich won applause when she condemned Ed Miliband’s comments telling Labour MPs to cross picket lines.

Gloucester saw 150 protest, and 450 rallied at Hertfordshire University.

Some 500 people marched in Hull, 300 in Ipswich and 100 in the Isle of Wight. Up to 500 marched through Canterbury in Kent, and over 200 rallied in Medway. A speaker from the NUT said that more schools were shut in Kent and Medway than in any other area.

Around 500 marched in Lancaster and 2,000 in Leeds. More than 400 rallied in Leicester. Rebecca Lopez told Socialist Worker, “At the Leicestershire Revenue and Customs only 53 out of 900 went into work.”

Around 100 protested in Lincoln and 4,000 in Liverpool. London saw 30,000 march from Lincoln Inn Fields, where Love Music Hate Racism and the NUT organised a joint stage featuring speeches and music.

Tony Benn addressed a strike rally in Methodist Central Hall. He said, “In 1945 I saw the future Labour cabinet, including Nye Bevin, take to this very stage and I thought that this was a historic moment. I feel this today.

“We need to unite with the people of Yemen, Syria and Egypt.”

Four hundred rallied in Luton.

In Windsor and Maidenhead, 200 protested. Some 6,000 marched through Manchester and 200 joined protests in both Merthyr Tydfil and Middlesbrough.

Representatives of the Northern TUC, Unison and GMB members spoke at a rally in Newcastle, along with strikers. Some 6,000 protested in the city.

Around 200 demonstrated in Newport, 300 in Northampton and 3,000 in Nottingham. Cars sounded their horns in support and people waved from their cars as the march occupied the road into Nottingham city centre.

Some 600 protested in Oxford—and pupils also demonstrated at the Base 33 youth club in David Cameron’s Oxfordshire West constituency in support of their teachers.

Cameron hailed the club as a Big Society success. It now faces closure due to cuts.

In Plymouth, 500 people from 12 different unions demonstrated, while 500 rallied in Preston. UCU strikers marched from the university to join the rally.

Some 300 demonstrated in Reading, 3,000 marched through Sheffield and 1,000 in Southampton. Bobby Noyes told Socialist Worker, “The picket lines are solid and there is no sign of any wavering—the entire city is nearly shut down.”

Elsewhere, 100 rallied in Swindon and 800 in Telford. In Truro, Cornwall, some 200 people joined an anti-cuts march to a union rally, increasing numbers to 600. Lots of unions brought their banners.

Up to 300 protested in Wakefield—where NUT divisional secretary Sally Kincaid said, “Lots of people refused to cross picket lines.”

Around 150 demonstrated in Worcester and 200 York.

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