JUST HUNDREDS of people turned out for the pensions demonstration in Edinburgh organised by the Scottish TUC. My union, the teachers' EIS, sent only one A5 leaflet to each school. The Unison union did not even have its banner at the demonstration. It is clear that the union leaders will not act unless they are pushed from below.
Not one speaker at the rally that followed the protest offered a way forward to stop the attacks on pensions.
In my union, many have called for strikes at school and local association meetings but the leadership managed to hold back the call. Activists need urgently to build action from below to stop New Labour's plans to work us to death.