From the TUC

Wisconsin workers: protests reach new heights

14 Mar 2011, By

Over the weekend, over 100,000 workers marched through the capital of Wisconsin, Madison. They were protesting about the Governor’s attempt to take collective bargaining rights away from public sector workers, as part of a nationwide protest movement led by the AFLCIO. Religious groups are now mounting a nightly vigil, and events are being organised across the USA on Monday 4 April in solidarity. The TUC will be arranging an event in Congress House that evening – more details to follow.

It’s worth noting that the state of Wisconsin’s population is just 5.6 million, so an equivalent march in the UK would be over a million strong (but, given Madison’s population of just 235,000 a similar march in London might have around 3 million people on it!)

2 Responses to Wisconsin workers: protests reach new heights

  1. steve higginson
    Mar 15th 2011, 8:10 pm

    The finer detail of the Wisconsin anti-worker bill is scary.Public sector unions will only be able to bargain over base pay,which can never be increased above inflation without a public referendum.The collection of union dues via check off will be prohibited.Unions will face a certification vote every year-to gain recertification,a union must win a majority of ALL employees,not just a majority of those voting.In 1980 top tenth of American society colleceted a third of nations wealth.In 2011,that figure is 50%,coinciding with three decades of union busting in the private sector.

  2. Staten Island Bob
    Mar 16th 2011, 11:55 am

    For pictures of the latest NYC rally that was held yesterday in support of the Wisconsin workers go to http://sibob.org/wordpress/?p=2122