Despite last week’s strike action over pensions being called off, Wakefield Unison local government branch and Wakefield trades council went ahead with their planned lunchtime rally.
Over 60 trade unionists attended the rally, which included members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), the local hospital and civilian police Unison branch and the Ucatt builders’ union.
There was a tremendous response from the public to our petition with a constant queue to sign. Many of those signing made the connection between the poverty of British pensioners and the queen’s visit to Wakefield the following day to hand out Maundy money.
Speakers at the rally emphasised the importance of keeping the fight over pensions going and the need to learn the lessons. Andy Imrie from the FBU pointed out that the government’s tactic in the firefighters’ dispute was to offer talks as a way of delaying action.
Discussions have already started about how we keep the government divided and on the defensive—and how we maintain the unity and commitment to coordinated action on our side.