April 4th – Day of solidarity with US workers and unions

TUC Solidarity Rally with US workers and unions

6-8pm, Monday 4 April 2011 and TUC Congress House, Great Russell Street London WC1B 3LS

The AFL-CIO has designated Monday 4 April 2011 a Day of Solidarity with the public sector workers of Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and a dozen other states where right-wing corporate politicians are trying to take away these rights.

The TUC is holding a rally of solidarity with the workers and trade unions of the USA.

Speakers for the evening will include:

Kate Allen, Director – Amnesty International UK

Tony Burke, Unite Assistant General Secretary and TUC General Council

Gail Cartmail, Unite Assistant General Secretary and TUC General Council

Prof Keith Ewing, Professor of Public Law – Kings College London

Plus guests from the US trade union movement

The rally with be chaired by Owen Tudor, Head of EU and International Relations at TUC.

To attend this event you must register by sending your name, union/organisation and a contact e-address to pbrown@tuc.org.uk.


The Boss Against The Cuts!

Meanwhile back in the States……



Bruce Springsteen has hit out against cuts to public services and tax breaks for the rich in an one letter to his local newspaper the Asbury Park Press. In response to an article in the newspaper ‘As poverty rises in NJ, cuts target aid’ which outlined how spending cuts were hitting the poor in New Jersey, The Boss wrote:

“Thank you for your March 27 front-page story by Michael Symons, “As poverty rises, cuts target aid.”

The article is one of the few that highlights the contradictions between a policy of large tax cuts, on the one hand, and cuts in services to those in the most dire conditions, on the other.

Also, you’ve shone some light on anti-poverty workers and analysts such as Adele LaTourette, Meara Nigro, Cecilia Zalkind and Raymond Castro, among others, all of whom have something important to add to the discussion: real information and actual facts about what is happening below the poverty line.

These are voices that in our current climate are having a hard time being heard, not just in New Jersey, but nationally. Finally, your article shows that the cuts are eating away at the lower edges of the middle class, not just those already classified as in poverty, and are likely to continue to get worse over the next few years. I’m always glad to see my hometown newspaper covering these issues.

Bruce Springsteen

As my mate Dick Blin at the ICEM says: “He’s always been a class act!”

Update: Why Wisconsin needs global solidarity

US Workers Get British Solidarity


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