No to austerity, Yes to workers rights

PCS Proud joined colleagues from PCS and many of the TUC affiliated unions on Sunday 4 October in Manchester to march against austerity.

What was the significance of this date? Behind a ring of steel and snipers on rooftops, protecting them from the very unhappy electorate, the Conservative Party conference was getting underway.

The march was titled “No to Austerity, Yes to Workers Rights”. Every person in attendance was responsible for making our voices heard. PCS Proud was there shouting, loud and clear, that austerity and attacks on workers are not acceptable and that vulnerable people should not be made to suffer at the hands of the rich.IMG_0348

Speakers including Mark Serwotka, the PCS General Secretary congratulated the National Gallery strikers who took 110 days of action and won their dispute with Candy Udwin, PCS rep at the National Gallery being reinstated and returning to work.

The speakers then, rightly, condemned the Government attacks on us via the Trade Union bill.

Ste Heyward, Proud’s Secretary said “I am thankful to all PCS Proud members and associate members who attended with branches, regions and other community organisations. We made clear that we will not take the attacks on us lying down.”

The march is only part of the fight back and we must ensure that we keep pressing for coordinated action across the public sector. By fighting together we can win with the tory billionaires realising that they are the few and we are the many.