The annual Pensioners Parliament, held in Blackpool from 12 to 14 June, gave strong support to workers who are fighting back. Backing for the current rail strikes came from Jan Shortt, general secretary of the National Pensioners Convention (NPC), who said that trains without the help and safety that guards provide leaves disabled and elderly people unable to access transport and isolated at home.
She said, "We have to stand in solidarity with the RMT who are defending the right of all passengers to safe travel. When you learn there's a strike at a station near you please turn up, make yourself known to the people standing there on the picket line. We have always been well received."
At the meetings on the NHS and social care it was clear that any speaker from the floor that talked about taking to the streets to protest against the cuts was met with loud cheers. There was a call for the NPC to demonstrate outside parliament every time these issues are being debated and voted on.
The suggestion that the NPC call for protest demonstrations outside companies like Richard Branson's Virgin any time they set their sights on privatising chunks of the NHS also found strong support.