On Saturday well over 20,000 people took to the streets of Edinburgh for the Scottish TUC demonstration.
There were huge turnouts from Unison (Public sector and health workers), PCS (Civil servants) and the main Scottish teachers union, the EIS. Each union marched in their own delegations. UNITE, the GMB (general workers’ unions), RMT (transport and maritime workers) the FBU (fire fighters), CWU (Communication workers) and the POA (Prison officers) were out in force. It was a marvellous display of the potential power of the trade unions and the working class – which, if organised behind a clear programme of action, can stop the government in its tracks. Workers from the private sector, particularly transport workers also came out to show support, as did significant groups of young people.
Shockingly, the STUC refused to allow any trade unions the opportunity to speak at the rally, despite the fact that it was the individual trade unions who had been responsible for mobilising their members on the day. The main speakers were Grahame Smith of the STUC and Jack O Connor, president of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. O Connor, in reference to the huge attacks on the Irish working class by the Fianna Fail government, commented: "They did it to us. Don’t let them do it to you too," What he didn’t point out was that the ICTU have not lifted a finger to help organise meaningful strike action to defend Irish workers.
So Jack - answer the question - why the hell didn't you make any effort to stop the attacks on workers and public services over the past 18 months?
Running off into the Croke Park deal is the essence of "They did it to us" - I would argue that what working class people needed from Jack O'Connor and his ilk was a bot more of the "Don’t let them do it to you too".
Scotland: Over 20,000 take to the streets against government savagery | socialistworld.net