On Saturday, 20,000 members and activists from PCS took part in the TUC’s March for the Alternative in London. It is estimated that 500,000 people took part in the march to vent their anger at the government’s cuts agenda.
Those attending came from all walks of life. Public and private sector workers, students, young people, the elderly, black and white, able-bodied and disabled. They marched from Victoria Embankment, past Whitehall, Downing Street, and Trafalgar Square, to finish at a rally in Hyde Park.
Speaking at the rally, PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said, “We know there’s an alternative; we know how brutal this country will become if they make their cuts; so we’ve got to be prepared to stop it.
“Now look around you in this park. Imagine what it would be if we didn’t only march together, we took strike action together across all of our public services.
“And let’s be clear, whether you work in health, in schools, in the civil service, in private industry, wherever you work. We are stronger when we march together, so let’s ensure that we strike together to let the government know we won’t accept it.”
Members and reps from PCS Bootle Taxes Branch were amongst those who took part in the event. In coming days, we intend to post up their personal experiences and opinions of the day.
- Watch the video of TUC general secretary Brendan Barber introducing onto the stage PCS rep Richard Evans who walked 166 miles from Cardiff to join the demonstration.
- View the videos at the TUC pages on Vimeo
- See our liveblog of the march
- View the PCS photostream on flickr