Frederick Douglass

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them..." Frederick Douglass

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Britain On Strike Update, July 5

LONDON - Hundreds of thousands of public-sector workers the length and breadth of Britain defied slurs and threats Thursday to mount one of the biggest walkouts since the country's 1926 General Strike.

The government tried to claim that less than 100,000 civil servants struck. But the PCS union says that 84 percent of members walked out.

In London cops were pulled off the streets to answer the phones for 999 calls—because 192 out of 202 staff refused to come in to work.

Across the DWP the strike was 90 percent solid.

Revenue and Customs (HMRC) was hit hard. Some 85 percent of workers were off work—around 64,000 people, more than the total 57,000 PCS members in HMRC.