with thanks to Pete Riches
Following the highly successful T.U.C. “March for the Alternative” march in London last weekend which saw over half a million Trade unionists, Public Services workers, anti-cuts campaigners, disability rights campaigners, students and many other supporters, the Right To Work Campaign held a local strategy and planning meeting in London’s Conway Hall.
Hearing first from John McDonnell MP, there followed inspirational speeches and ideas from a wide range of speakers who (though all appearing in a personal capacity) represented striking teachers, Unite Union, the campaign to save the Philosophy Dept at University of Greenwich, Mental health nurses, Camden Against Cuts, St. George’s Hospital, Queers Against the Cuts, Unison and UCU. Roger Lewis of the Lambeth Disabled People Against Cuts spoke for DPAC.
Though the media preferred to focus on the small pockets of trouble makers later on in the day the march was a huge triumph, and served not only as a massive public statement on David Cameron’s public sector cuts, but also served as a clarion call of national unity to public sector workers and rights campaigners from all over the country. Starved of proper media support, the march gave everyone their first palpable sense of how many people are being affected by the cruel cuts, and it also let everyone know that they are not alone in this.
Tonight’s public meeting was just the first in many direct action and possible strike action strategy and planning meetings for those whose very livelihoods are directly threatened by the ideologues driving Con-Dem policy.
Full set of photos are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/peteriches/sets/72157626320412651/with/5596329063/