Socialist Worker

Unions defend the movement

Issue No. 2274

The occupiers have made vibrant links with the trade union movement in the US. Groups of workers in union T-shirts are a common site at the occupation.

Trade unions played a crucial role in stopping an effort by Michael Bloomberg, New York’s loathsome mayor, to evict the occupation, on the morning of Friday of last week.

Unions called on workers to stop by Liberty Plaza on the way into work to show their support.

Thousands answered the call, leaving the cops and city authorities powerless to remove the occupiers. Bloomberg had to lamely announce that “cleaning” the square would be “postponed”.

On Friday night the Occupy Wall Street’s labour outreach committee discussed further cooperation and organised a huge delegation on Saturday.

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