Good day out. I reckon about 7-8000 marchers attended. Got a bit wet during the speeches as it pissed down. That though, didnt dampen the determination of the marchers.
Seemed to have got reasonable coverage on the TV. Most TV interviews seemed to have centred on Digby Jones attendance. Interestingly it didnt deflect from the broader message of the march.
Speeches were good. In particular Tony Woodley pressed all the right buttons. I thought the inclusion of a Steel Worker from Corus and a Car Worker from Halewood was good. Both inspiring spealers.
Went to the NSSN meeting afterwards to listen to Rob Williams, victimised TU militant from Linemarr in South Wales. No Trade Unionist is safe if this kind of victimisation occurs. Rob was the victim of an illegal action by his employer yet its the unions who have the laws stacked against them with the Tory anti trade union laws still in place. Personally I would always prefer a shop steward like Rob representing me in my workplace than some of the moderate so called 'sensible' reps we have in some workplaces.Those days have now gone as employers go on the offensive against terms and conditions. In times like these you have to fight.
Guardian report here.