We’re hearing some great stories from union activists around the country about what they’re doing to build for the demonstration on 18 October.
In Wales, a group of trade unionists leafleted commuters at busy Cardiff Central station. To turn heads, they hung up a washing line with items of clothing representing workers from different industries, all with their pockets turned out to show the hit that people’s pockets are taking.
They managed to give out hundreds of leaflets and engage many people in conversation – Cardiff, like most parts of the UK, certainly isn’t feeling the recovery. There’s a special chartered train coming to the demonstration from Cardiff, so getting the word out there should help ensure it arrives in London filled with marchers!
In London, members of UNISON’s Filipino Activist Network were out in force at Hounslow’s Filipino Festival – a community event drawing more than 10,000 Filipinos from London and beyond. They distributed leaflets and talked to festival goers about the concerns many felt over pay. They day may have been damp at times, but from the pictures it looks like the mood was anything but!
And at Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery, artists and activists staged a one day banner making workshop. Highlight of the event was this clever “group placard”, which they plan to bring down to London on the 18th. When they all come together it shows the increasingly erratic heartbeat of our critical public services, as the cuts bite and public service workers are stretched to breaking point by year after year of pay caps and freezes.