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Sunday, 15 May 2011

Banners bright on 26 March

Gregor Gall comments on the roll call of banners on the 26 March demonstration in London. 191 from UNISON branches and regions were logged in the survey conducted by the Socialist Worker newspaper: http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/104635

Gall is right to acknowledge UNISON’s massive presence on the march but wrong to classify UNISON as Britain’s ‘second biggest union’. He is over 100,000 members wide of the mark in using that outdated classification. That aside, Gall makes the crucial point that union power should not be simplistically equated with numbers on a demonstration, no matter how exhilarating and unifying the effects of such mobilisations.

The main determinants of union power are strong workplace organisation and effective industrial/political leverage – in those respects much remains to be done in the 2010 - 2015 war of attrition to defend public services as well as the jobs, pay and pensions of the workers who provide them:

PS: We've got photos of 25 of the banners here https://picasaweb.google.com/101924085583187662306/26MarchBanners#