The Rally at Leeds City Square at 5pm tonight was brilliant. It was organised by Leeds Trades council and Leeds Against the Cuts and it was very well attended with over 500 public sector workers coming to hear speakers from PCS, UNISON, UCU, CWU and NUS.
Jane Aitchison, President DWP Group, PCS (personal capacity)
A feeder march of over 100 students joined the protest. Rob Williams, PCS NEC member and Socialist Party member, opened the rally saying “there is an alternative to the cuts – collecting the £120 billion of uncollected and avoided tax for a start.”)
“The fight back has started with anti-cuts campaigns like this one springing up in every town and city following in the footsteps of the anti poll tax unions that brought down Thatcher 20 years ago.” The mood at the rally was very positive – inspired by a number of Leeds bin workers there who won their cuts battle against Leeds city council with a tremendous all out strike last year.
A lot of people have wondered what this big society is that Cameron is on about. Tonight in Leeds we saw a glimpse of it – it was made up of trade unionists and students and people who don’t want to pay for the bankers’ crisis with their jobs and services and they are ready to make a stand.
I don’t think this is quite what David Cameron had in mind.