M10 Public Sector Strike Report

Today saw 400,000 public sector workers striking in defence of their pensions. They were also joined by prison officers who walked out, as they have done on previous strike days, as it is illegal for them to strike.

In Birmingham, around 150 Unite, PCS and UCU members went from their picket lines to a small demonstration led by Unite health workers at the QE Hospital, which was followed by an indoor rally, with speakers from the unions involved in Birmingham, and the Midlands TUC.
Videos of the rally are available to watch here

Sian Ruddick, PCS, chair of meeting

Today is important, we’re proving to the government that we haven’t gone away, we are fighting and we will continue to fight them until we win

Lee Baron, Midlands TUC

[CWU members] will have refused to cross the picket lines that so many of your members were on this morning, when we do that, we break the law, we’re not allowed to do it. But we work on a fairly simple principle – that we’d rather break that law than break your picket lines any day of the week

Frank Keogh, Chair of Unite Health Sector

We don’t think this is fair for our health sector workers … to pay more, work longer and get less

It’s about patient services, it’s about making sure we can still recruit and retain the best people in the health sector to deliver patient services to our communities

Kathy Taylor, President Elect UCU

The facts are that our pension scheme is healthy, it’s sustainable. Public sector pension costs are going down. The actual facts are that this government was not carrying out reform, this governments intention is to actually bring the whole public service pension down. Their intention is to rob us of our members money in order to compensate for the financial irresponsiblity and the bankers chaos that we are facing.

Dave Bean, Vice President PCS

It’s also about privatisation. The treasury minister, Danny Alexander, told parliament that he was cutting our pensions to make them substantially more affordable to alternative providers … that is why they are attacking our pensions to make them cheaper for private industry to come and take our jobs off us.

Emma, Disabled People Against Cuts

We’re fighting at the moment against a huge onslaught of cuts against disabled people. By the age of 65, one in two of you will be covered by the disability discrimination act … we’re hoping that by standing with the public service unions and by standing with you in all of this that you’ll come and support us in return next time we are fighting against another swinging cut to our disability living allowance, to our health care, our social care and so on and so forth

Doug, NUT

I’m bringing solidarity from the National Union of Teachers … your strike today is keeping the struggle against what the tories are doing over pensions and public services in general alive

All photos (c) Geoff Dexter-Sherbourne Productions. More photos of the day can be found on his Flickr page and also on our facebook album.

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5 responses to “M10 Public Sector Strike Report

  1. Solidarity from the workers at Fox Hollies School Birmingham. What the Tories are doing is wrong and morally bankrupt, we need to send a message to all the political parties that enough is enough. I’m fed up of hearing Clegg & Cameron talk about not leaving the deficit for the next generation whilst giving tax breaks to their rich mates, it’s just hypocritical nonsense, after all we only paid off our war debts to the US in 2006!

  2. Reblogged this on Gogwit's Blog and commented:
    I had my doubts. I have no doubts now. A rolling programme of industrial action always in the headlines throughout 2012, 2013, 2014…
    Let Cameron and Clegg be remembered for not one winter but for the Coalition of Discontent – and the thoroughly discredited ConDem experiment be synonymous with words which mean strife, strike, cuts, unrest, injustice, poverty, bankruptcy – both actuarial and moral – and the attempt to dismantle civilised society in the UK.
    Bogeymen to frighten the grandkids!

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