Wednesday, 7 December 2011
November 30th Strike Action in Derry
At the beginning of today's events we put our banner 'Solidarity Is Strength' in the city centre's main street, Shipquay Street before we headed onwards to the picket lines.
We then attended the main rally in Derry's Guildhall Square as several thousand workers gathered to hear a number of union representatives condemn continued attacks on pensions and services as our banner hung above them on the main platform.
Through out the rally we then distributed almost 400 flyers produced by the Workers Solidarity Movement which outlined an anarchist response to the current situation facing workers today.
All in all this was a very successful day of action and just the beginning of a series of industrial action by workers against increasing austerity measures being implemented.
As stated in the WSM leaflet distributed in Belfast and Derry
‘Solidarity and support for strike action needs to built across all workplaces unionised or not and in our communities where we are feeling the impact of these devastating cuts on our standard of living if we want to win. In the short-term we need to be organising for rolling strike action including go-slows and ultimately an indefinite general strike. Such action is needed because history shows us that those at the top will concede little of significance without such mass resistance.
Lobbying politicians and marching from A-B has limited returns and can even add to the pervading sense of powerlessness. Politicians, like our trade union leadership, cannot be trusted and will work to police and sabotage any affective action. Taking back control of OUR unions from below is part and parcel of the fight to defend what we have won over the years.’
Be seeing you at the barricades!
Workers Solidarity Movement: http://www.wsm.ie/c/n30-strike-round-northern-ireland
Press coverage: http://www.derryjournal.com/news/business/jobs/thousands_take_a_stand_on_strike_day_1_3305517