15 November 2011
MORE than 300 trade unionists and anti-cuts campaigners at a South Yorkshire-wide Unite the Resistance rally in Sheffield cheered calls to make Nov 30 the “start not the end” of the fight against the Tories.
Gen sec of the civil service PCS union Mark Serwotka said it was the “fight of our lives” and argued for more united mass strikes to win.
An Egyptian speaker talked about uniting the resistance across the global movement. Others on the platform included a BBC journalist fighting cuts and a UCU member at Barnsley College where they have just stopped the victimisation of a union official.
Matt Wrack, gen sec of the firefighters’ FBU, GMB organiser Peter Davies, Unite regional secretary Karen Reahy, Sally Kincaid of the NUT and Paul Holmes, Unison NEC (pc) also addressed the rally, which was sponsored by Sheffield and Barnsley trades councils and branches of the NUT, GMB, UCU, Unite, Unison, FBU across South Yorkshire.
Report by Phil Turner (NUJ)