This weekend saw massive, coordinated union marches in the UK. In London: “thousands” (FT); tens of thousands (AFP); 100,000 (SWLondoner); 150,000 (Evening Standard). Similar protests took place in Glasgow and Belfast.
Here’s a video from Real News Network:
Lots of terrific quotes in the video — including the loathely David Cameron and the lesser evil Ed Milliband, who gets booed — but this caught my eye from RNN’s Hassan Ghani:
[J]ust to show they mean business, the Unions, with six million members have threatened a general strike across the United Kingdom – the first since 1926.
Christine Blower, National Union of Teachers
“When the time is right, and all the practicalities have been considered, we need to strike together, because we need to oppose welfare cuts, and health cuts, and education cuts.” …
For now, the unions are considering their options over a general strike, and preparing for a Europe-wide day of action on November 14th.
So circle the date on your calendar! Because November 14 is not that far away.
Readers, especially readers from the UK and (other parts of :-) Europe, what’s your take on the prospects for a European General Strike? How about potential impacts?
NOTE From the Barcalounger: I’m not sure about “opposing cuts” as a frame. That shades over quite easily into accepting some cuts, and so the union leaders might seem closer to Ed Milliband than the rank and file would prefer. Hence the booing. It would be nice to hear “We support _____” instead of “We oppose ____.” Offense, not defense. But then I’m not on the ground, so take with a dose of salts.