When the branch weren’t fighting for pensions we were involved in many other things, including campaigning with Camden United Against Cuts, supporting disabled people in their fight against ATOS and putting on another fantastic Learning at Work Day.
The year has seen attacks on private sector workers too, including the Bombardier workers who faced redundancy after seeing major contracts for British trains lost. The video below, including an interview with Bob Crow, was produced when Bombardier workers came to London to lobby Parliament.
The rise of the far right is stuttering, thanks partly to the campaigning of trade unions and groups like Hope Not Hate and Unite Against Fascism, both of which PCS support. However, as the cuts continue to bite the scapegoating is likely to continue and for every fallen BNP or fractured EDL a new far right group is waiting in the wings to use the recession as an excuse for xenophobia, racism, homophobia, mysoginy and to attack those who rely on benefits.
New forms of protest have appeared thanks to, among others, UK Uncut, the Occupy movement and a new generation of student activists. From 26th March through to 30th November this has been a year of remarkable activity and remarkable people.
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