Thousands Strike In Birmingham

July 10th strike

July 10th brought out workers across Birmingham in a fantastic day of strike action.

Birmingham Socialist Party members visited pickets across the city and supported workers taking action in a wide range of disputes. We spoke to members of PCS, NUT, GMB, Unison and Unite at Digbeth refuse depot, Featherstone nursery school and children's centre, Erdington and Selly Oak job centres, Revenue and Customs, OFWAT and many more.
Birmingham, 10 July 2014, photo by T Woodley

Featherstone picket

Later, around 1,500 strikers gathered in glorious sunshine for a rally at Victoria Square and were addressed by trade union leaders. It was really inspiring to see the mass of working class people who filled the square, bedecked in brightly coloured T-shirts, flags and banners.

Selly Oak

A deafening chorus of vuvuzelas, drums and whistles could be heard wherever you stood in the city centre that afternoon. One of the biggest cheers from the crowd was in response to PCS assistant general secretary Chris Baugh's call for an escalation of strike action in the autumn.

Written by workers for workers.

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