Swansea at the March 26th National TUC Demo in London

26th March 2011

By Owen Rogers, Swansea Socialist Party

Socialists from Swansea have returned invigorated from the National TUC Demonstration in London.

Members of the Swansea branch travelled up on coaches laid on by the trade unions and the mood on the Unite coach was one of keen anticipation. On arrival it quickly became clear that the march was set to be on a huge scale.

The SP leaflet 'For a 24 Hour Public Sector General Strike' was enthusiastically taken by marchers thanks to its clear message of opposing all cuts and organising coordinated resistance by public sector unions in a 24 hour walkout as the next step.

We leafleted for over an hour at the gates to Hyde Park and the last marchers still hadn't started out.

Time for a quick trip to the National Shop Stewards Network rally at Speaker's Corner and some rousing speeches from NSSN secretary Linda Taaffe and anti-cuts convenor Rob Williams pointing the way forward for fighting the Con Dem cuts.

The mood on the coach back was enthusiastic and determined. The fact that about 500,000 people had marched without the TUC pulling out all the stops shows the potential for organising opposition to the cuts.

Louise from Cardiff said it had been her first big march and had given her a boost to keep on campaigning.

"I was surprised at how many people were there. When we were leaving they were still coming in!" she said.

Alec from Swansea said: "This was the biggest demonstration since the anti-war demo over Iraq. There were lots of different groups, such as health workers and council workers, and marchers of all ages.

"The Socialist Party call for a 24 hour public sector general strike went down really well. It was the right message."

Swansea Socialist Party Public Meeting
"After the 26th Demo, What next?"
Thursday, March 31st 7:30
Dyfatty Community Centre,
Top end of High St,
(next to Old Duke pub)
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