There was an extremely healthy attendance on Saturday’s march in Birmingham City Centre organised by Birmingham Against the Cuts. Around 1,000 people set off from the Cathedral grounds but many more joined as we made our way down Union Street, High Street and New Street and there must have been close to 1,500 as we returned to the Cathedral. This was despite the fact that the weather on Saturday morning was poor with steady rain falling up until just before the march was due to set off.
Many trade unions were represented with, for obvious reasons, Unison well to the fore. There was plenty of spirit amongst the marchers and support from shoppers, but this has to be seen as only the beginning of the movement to build support for the national rally in London on 26 March. With a few exceptions those marching were people whose jobs are threatened and the campaign now needs to push forward in two areas: firstly by building localised campaigns in the different areas of Birmingham and secondly by involving service users of the various projects that will have their funding axed.
Next event in the Birmingham Against The Cuts calendar is on Tuesday 1 March when there is a protest outside the Council House in Victoria Square to coincide with the Council meeting to set their budget for 2011-12. The protest is due to run from 2pm to 6pm.
(Pictures are by Ian Cuthbert, www.cuthbertdesign.com/)