Thursday, 10 May 2012

Solidarity with Public Sector Workers


Several lunch time rallies took place earlier today across the north as thousands of public and civil service workers walked-out as part of a planned one-day national strike, the largest industrial protest witnessed since last years November 30th strike.

In Derry city centre as in Belfast, several hundred workers from NIPSA, Unite and UCU gathered in solidarity against continued government attacks on workers pensions, jobs and wages.

The one-day industrial stoppage was held as an estimated 400,000 public sector workers from across England, Scotland and Wales walked out in similar fashion.

Despite today’s 'unseasonal weather conditions' many picket lines went ahead as planned with workers rallying outside workplaces prior to lunchtime union-organised rallies.

Workers picketed outside job centres, tax offices, passport offices and other public sector workplaces. In Derry, workers who walked-out earlier in the morning to attend the picket lines, received overwhelming support from passing traffic and from other workers not on strike. Similar messages of support were expressed as workers picketed outside the local DHSS office, as well as at Altnagelvin were Derry anarchists attended to express their solidarity with today’s action. At both lunchtime rallies in Derry and Belfast, trade union representatives warned the politicians in Stormont and Westminster of possible disastrous consequences if their austerity plans are allowed to continue, raising the prospect of further industrial stoppages during the summer months.