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SALFORD STRIKE, RALLY AND MARCH AGAINST PENSION CUTS
 

Star date: 30th November 2011

STRIKERS AND MARCHERS APPLAUDED THROUGH THE STREETS OF MANCHESTER

Shoppers and workers in Manchester city centre lined the streets to applaud thousands of striking public sector workers today as they marched in defence of their pensions.

Earlier around seven hundred people gathered in Bexley Square for a rally before setting off on the Salford march into Manchester to join the huge demonstration against ConDem Government attacks on people's rights.

Full story and lots of photos here…


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Today began with over five hundred people meeting at Bexley Square to hear a succession of Salford speakers, and ended in Whitworth Park on the other side of Manchester with 30,000 public sector workers and supporters from all over Greater Manchester coming together to defend pensions against vicious attacks from the ConDem Government. This was a demonstration that just grew and grew and grew…

Salford's contribution began at 10:30am in Bexley Square with a rally and some stirring speeches from Unison, NASUWT and PCS union reps, striking electricians, a Salford Jarrow-London marcher and a member of Salford Pensioners Association.  

They lined up to attack the ConDem Government's attack on pensions which will mean public sector workers having to work longer and paying more into pensions to get less out at the end.

Alice Searle, speaking on behalf of the Salford Pensioners Association, pointed out that the ConDem plans to make people work until they're 67 or 68, might not have much effect in the places that David Cameron haunts – but in inner city Salford the life expectancy is between 70 and 71, giving around three years from retirement to death.

Meanwhile, plans to make public sector workers pay more into their pensions to ultimately get less at the end of their working life was branded "daylight robbery" by PCS officer Alex Davidson, who also attacked the "wretched Labour leadership".

Joe Langley, local secretary of teachers' union NASUWT and representing Oasis Academy staff, promised more strike action against the imposed redundancy of 13 teachers (click here for more details) at Christmas, before laying into the Government's pension plans…

"It's a complete rip off and it's an extra tax on each and every one of us, it's a disgrace" he said "Keep fighting – no matter what they say in the media the Government is rattled by this. We need to keep going and eventually we will get somewhere. They don't like this and we need to do more of it."

Indeed, no matter what the Government says in the media, and no matter what image the mainstream media puts out, real life events proved that there is massive support for action in Salford and Manchester.

By the time the Salford march set off from Bexley Square to Castlefield the numbers had swelled to over 700 people and a noisy, celebratory procession snaked down Chapel Street and into Manchester.

As public sector workers and supporters from all over Greater Manchester joined in the Castlefield march - which routed along Deansgate, past Manchester Town Hall and down to Oxford Road - the numbers just got bigger and bigger, and by the time it merged with students by Manchester University organisers were estimating 30,000 people taking part.

But this wasn't just about the march itself. Shoppers and workers in Manchester city centre lined the route clapping and cheering striking public sector workers. This was a massive show of support from Manchester and Salford and Greater Manchester for the fightback against the ConDem Government's attack on public services and public service workers.

* See also Official Strikers' Pickets Kicked Off MediaCityUK - click here

F. Kemhall wrote
at 10:27:04 on 04 December 2011
Well said Solly . I hope the Great Fightback starts in January 2012 , and accelerates , intensifies , and paralyses this rotton country . By summer we must be rid of the thatcherite traitors , and must then fight on till we replace the exploitive , destructive system with one which benefits the majority and not the exploiters .WE must smash the goverments of corruption , tory , labour , liberal . We must smash the corrupt local councils of deceitful , self-serving parasites . We must smash the system . THE TIME IS NOW . NO SURRENDER . If only the miners had not been betrayed during the Great Miner's Strikes ....ARTHUR SCARGILL , THE GREAT MAN , WAS RIGHT .
 
Solly Kaye wrote
at 06:47:02 on 04 December 2011
Here's to a summer of Occupation and Resistance in 2012. This Demolition Coalition is for want of a better word "evil" and should be brought down to protect democracy and the poor and vulnerable who are under attack by their right wing cuts agenda AGITATE! EDUCATE! ORGANISE!
 
DAVE HATES POLITICIANS wrote
at 22:13:07 on 02 December 2011
Thanks for that info Nim . Hopefully the doubters will now realise how we are being conned , cheated , lied to , shafted and crapped on by the torybastards , ably assisted by deceitful local councils .We have no option but to fight back . The corrupt banksters ,corrupt and inept politicians , lax bank regulation by the FSA , all caused the economic crisis . They must pay for it , not us . WE must fight back and make sure they pay . . NO SURRENDER .
 
Nim Chimsky, An Infinite number of Keyboards wrote
at 14:53:24 on 02 December 2011
Francis Maude's publicly funded pension is £43,825 a year with a pot of £731,883 David Cameron's publicly funded pension is £32,978 a year with a pot of £550,725 George Osborne's publicly funded pension is £32,978 a year with a pot of £550,725 Nick Cleggs's publicly funded pension is £28,404 a year with a pot of £440,000 Eric Pickles' publicly funded pension is £43,825 a year with a pot of £731,883 Vince Cable's publicly funded pension is £39,551 a year with a pot of £660,507 Andrew Lansley's publicly funded pension is £39,551 a year with a pot of £660,507 Danny Alexander's publicly funded pension is £26,404 a year with pot of £440,942 All in it together, eh?
 
Albert wrote
at 09:24:19 on 01 December 2011
Hundreds more pics on www.itookyourpic.com. I followed the large gathering all the way to Whiworth Park in Manchester. Well done to all who took part & supported this. Onwards and upwards people!
 
Eddie wrote
at 01:49:07 on 01 December 2011
Excellent effort . Best wishes to all involved in fighting this vicious , thatcherite , evil government . You should all feel very proud . Keep fighting the torybastards . Onward to Victory . NO SURRENDER .
 
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