Over 300 people protested outside the European Commission in London on Wednesday of last week in solidarity with the strikes in Europe.
Labour MP Katy Clark told the rally, “The struggles that are taking place throughout Europe are the same struggles. United we will be victorious.”
Many at the demo were from the striking countries themselves. Laura, from Spain, told Socialist Worker, “My family are on strike back home. I’m here in solidarity with them. I hope to see a general strike here?too.”
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said the action across Europe raises the question “why isn’t that happening today in Britain?”. He said he was proud some PCS members had walked out, and the union is planning a new strike ballot.
“We hope we are not on our own,” he said. “But if we are we know we can count on your support.” The rally then marched through the streets of Westminster.
There were also rallies in Manchester, Glasgow and other cities. Hundreds demonstrated in Edinburgh, where there is a large population of Spanish migrant workers.
Many civil service workers in the PCS union walked out for 15 minutes in solidarity. And there were workplace protests to coincide with the strike including Lambeth council and City and Islington College in London and Unison members facing an attack on pay at Salford council.