30 November 2011

Panic on the streets of London - "Here Come the Museum Workers" Edition

Job cuts - the real reason the dinosaurs died out
London, Wednesday 30th November

While here on Saturday barely two thousand people answered the call by The Dublin Council of Trade Unions to join an anti-austerity cuts march, across the water (and north of the border) UK public sector unions have drawn over two million people on to the streets in the biggest strike in thirty years. Two million people marching on a Wednesday, and an actual national strike, things we here in an Ireland where the Public Sector is vilified by a national media owned by a handful of tax-exiles living in the Caribbean can only dream of.

My sister works in the Public Sector in the UK and she was out on strike and on the streets of London today, and kindly snapped a few photographs and sent them through to me. They show a march of around 30,000 teachers, nurses, doctors, civil servants, librarians and museum workers being corralled by riot police, dog units and mobile steel fences.

Seriously? You need a riot squad to protect the Government from a bunch of folks in tweed jackets with elbow pads, smoking pipes and listening to smooth jazz?

Nice.

It is also interesting to see the language of the global #Occupy Movement spreading through to the mainstream, with many references in evidence to the power of the 99% and the corruption of the 1%. You can read more about the day's events at The Guardian's liveblog here.

UK Public Sector strike - March in London
London, Wednesday 30th November
UK Public Sector strike - March in London
London, Wednesday 30th November
All Power to the 99%
London, Wednesday 30th November
Yay - its a pop-up Separation Barrier, courtesy of the Metropolitan Police.
London, Wednesday 30th November
They're only there to protect the Police from the librarians and museum workers, you know.
London, Wednesday 30th November
On the way back home she found herself passing the offices of Xstrata, a mining company home to the UK's highest paid FTSE100 CEO, Mick Davies, who was paid £18,426,105 last year for his sterling efforts. As she passed by #OccupyLondon were in the middle of a Direct Action, with about sixty of them having gained access to the building and then unfurling a banner from the roof before being bundled away by the police. You can find out more about #OccupyLSX's Direct Action here.

#OccupyLSX unfurl a banner at Xstrata
London, Wednesday 30th November
Police remove the #OccupyLSX banner from Xstrata under the watchful eye of helicopters
London, Wednesday 30th November
With one sister marching through the streets of London and another working with #OccupyWaterford, my family makes me very proud indeed. Not bad for three kids raised in a Blueshirt household.

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