Wath upon Dearne
I am disappointed that owing to being at a union conference, that was arranged months ago, I can not be with you this time to celebrate this massive victory for this magnificiant campaign that has grabbed the attention of our Movement and country.
The campaign has been fantastic and is a justification for fighting for free travel for the elderly and disabled who have paid into the big pot all their lives. Concessionary travel should be extended to cover the unwaged and low paid too.
As we know, it was not the elderly, disabled, unemployed or workers that caused the mess that lead to austerity.
Instead it was the madcap casino economics of the so called political elite and the vested interests and greed of fatcats, bankers and big business.
They have returned to business, as usual, whilst the rest of us as victims pay the price and face ever more swingeing cuts and get shafted!
This result is a vindication of the courage and solidarity by the freedom riders.
That standing together and being counted does work.
That not “kow towing” to the brutal force and thuggery of the state works for our class.
That the transport police and those behind the brutal attacks and manipulation should be put in the dock to face justice.
We have been proud and honoured to stand with you in this valiant struggle.
On behalf of our GPM comrades within the Print Sector, the General Secretary & Chair of Unite and all the Executive Council we salute you.
Bro Ged Dempsey
Member of Unite EC