Tuesday, 7 February 2012

BADACA: John McInally gives 'rousing speech' - stand together, fight to win!

See the following article in the today's Bristol Evening Post reporting on last nights Bristol & District Anti-Cuts Alliance, including a long quote from PCS Vice-President John McInally, "who gave a rousing speech about the need for trade unions to stand side by side in opposition to the Government's plans."


TEACHERS and other public services staff in Bristol are gearing up for more strikes in their fight against Government cuts.

More than 150 union members and representatives from other organisations opposed to cuts to pensions, jobs and public services packed into the Council House last night for a rally.

The Unite the Resistance meeting, organised by Bristol and District Anti-Cuts Alliance, called for members of unions to stand together and fight against proposals.

General secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) Mark Serwotka had been due to attend the event but was replaced by the union's vice-president John McInally, who gave a rousing speech about the need for trade unions to stand side by side in opposition to the Government's plans.

Accompanied by regular bouts of applause from the floor, he called on trade unionists to continue to fight cuts which he said would affect the most vulnerable members of society.

Mr McInally, right, said that there would be further industrial action by March, following on from a day of action in November which was supported by thousands of union members in Bristol.

"Bristol and District Anti-Cuts Alliance is a shining example of how we take battle into our workplaces and give the trade union movement the best possible example of how we beat this Government," he said. "We need to build a leadership that spends more time fighting this and less time fighting their activists."

Jane Taylor, of union Unite, told the meeting that campaigns against the cuts needed to be "built at a local level so that national statements are not hollow".

"People are insecure about their future, they are worried about their jobs and how they pay their bills," she said. "As a trade unionist I believe the role of trade unions is to give a voice to the overwhelming numbers of people."

David Wilshire of the CWU union said cuts had already affected 350 workers in Bristol involved in administering TV licences who were told last month they would be losing their jobs....

Read the rest: http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/Union-speaker-warns-public-services-strikes/story-15155543-detail/story.html

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