Twenty Connexions workers walked out on strike from the Northfield Centre at 1pm today. They held a lively protest outside the building for an hour and were well received by passing motorists, who gave their support in the customary fashion. Afterwards, they went on into town for the city centre rally. No sign of defeatism here!
Over two hundred Connexions workers joined an inspiring rally outside the Council House at 2.30 this afternoon. Some marched down Broad Street from their office. Others joined from two other centres that were on strike, Kings Heath and Northfield.
Complete with music and speeches, a defiant message was sent out to the ConDem council that this vital service for young people would not lie down or be attacked without fighting back.
Amongst the speakers were Albert Bore and Jack Dromey MP. While their presence was to be welcomed, no commitment to reverse these cuts was given if Labour were to be returned to power in Birmingham in May, or at the national level if the ConDem coalition were to fall.
Nevertheless, good weather and an uplifting protest made it an enjoyable event and hopefully a sign of things to come.