Swansea Unions Strike Together #J10

10th July 2014

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The roads were really quiet in Swansea this morning which was the best indication of the impact of the public sector strike.

The numbers present on picket lines across Swansea were not huge but at each one it was reported that most workers had stayed away.

At the refuse depot only 4 out of 200 had gone into work, at the Pension Centre and Land Registry there were just a few cars driving through and there was a good response from PCS members at the massive DVLA.

Unison's city centre rally brought together all the striking unions, each of them showing a determination to start fighting back.

Despite Swansea Trades Council secretary and Unison member Ronnie Job being refused the opportunity of bringing solidarity greetings, another Trades Council member, Carrie-Anne Watkins, speaking from PCS got one of the best receptions at the rally when she said her members have been fighting the ConDems for years but would also fight as hard against any Labour Govt cuts if they dared introduce them. She was cheered when she condemned Labour controlled Swansea City Council for implementing £26 million worth of cuts in this years budget.

This strike was a good start but with Unison calling for two days of strike action in September the momentum must be maintained to turn that call into a 24 hour General Strike!

Alec Thraves
Vice President, Swansea Trades Council

Read more: Reports and photos from strikes in other cities across the UK

Come to tonight's meeting:
  • What next after July 10?
  • Swansea Socialist Party Branch Meeting
  • Thursday 10th July, 7:30pm
  • Dyfatty Community Centre,
    Chapel St,
    Swansea
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