Thousands of workers protested at the Lib Dem conference in Birmingham last Sunday. The march reflected a general mood that it’s time to ratchet up resistance to the government.
Lexi Garness is a health and safety rep for the PCS union in the West Midlands. She told Socialist Worker, “It’s the vulnerable people who are suffering the most from the cuts. But the more people stand up, the more chance we have of stopping them.
“It looks like lots more people might be coming out on strike now and that’s exciting. I’m only 24. A lot of my friends haven’t really been that interested in political things, but now they’re starting to take more notice.”
Frank Edmunds is a UCU union member in Birmingham. He said he was most worried about what the cuts would mean for future generations—a sentiment that a lot of marchers expressed.
“My son was made redundant two years ago and he hasn’t been able to find a job since,” he told Socialist Worker. “He applies for a lot of jobs on the internet but he doesn’t even get a reply to say they’ve received it.
“It’s little things like that that make you really angry. You’re just a number—not a free man.”
There were lots of banners on the march—including from the PCS, Unison, UCU, Unite, CWU, NUT, GMB, RMT, NASUWT, Aslef and Ucatt unions.
Anti-cuts groups brought banners too, as did others including Disabled People Against Cuts and Leicester Unite Against Fascism.