Hundreds of striking civil service workers in the PCS union and their supporters gathered outside parliament today, Wednesday, to “boo at the budget”.
The union had set up a screen and sound system so that workers could hear how Chancellor George Osborne was going to wreck their lives further, and they could tell him what they thought. The rally was addressed by strikers and others in the trade union movement.
Candy Udwin who works at the National Gallery told the crowd, “We have to build local networks of resistance. The fire station round the corner is being threatened with closure. Everyone here should join that campaign and in return encourage the firefighters to join us on strike so we can beat the cuts together.”
Labour MP John McDonnell told the rally, “I was asked if I’d be in the House of Commons this morning, and I said sod that, I’ll be on the picket line.
“We’re being polite when we talk about coordinated action. Lets be honest, what we need is a general strike”. The crowd cheered.
Mark Serwotka told Socialist Worker at the rally, “The first thing to say is that today has been a success. There were people concerned about the turnout but today’s strike has had a significant impact.
“We in the PCS are going to continue fighting these attacks. But we all know it’ll be much easier if other unions joined us. A general strike would transform the situation, but to get there we have to get people standing up together first.”
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