It was wonderful to see the strength shown by those who took to the streets of London yesterday protesting against the austerity measures imposed against public sector employees and especially the massive attack on pensions. But it was also obvious that the show of unity would have been more effective and more prominent if more people were on the streets or took action.
I think that the question of having single sector unions should be discussed again. There needs to be a debate as to whether the division we manage to have by having say 2 or 3 unions in local governement for example is desirable. Why do we need to have Unison, GMB and Unite (not to mention other smaller organisations) representing members when we can have one? It will make the union representing those members more effective and that must be in the interest of the members in that sector.