Lobby of Hull City Council, Guildhall, 20 Jan.
– by a Hull Trade Unionist
For years a lobby of the council in Hull has been a sedate affair with a good crowd a few slogans and then going off home.
Tonight a protest took place involving 350-400 people.
Workers decided to march round the Guildhall and then went into the building. They marched up to the council chamber finding the doors locked.
As people pondered what to do the doors to the public gallery were forced open and people poured in.
Initially people kept quiet as the councillors continued their business. Then a Labour councillor spoke to oppose a motion put forward by the Liberal Democrats who run the council. He had barely finished his first sentence when the workers erupted into applause and chants of shame on you to the Lib Dems.
The meeting was brought to a halt and the ashen faced Lib Dems finally got to know what anger is there. The vast majority of them slunk out of the chamber to the chants of “The Workers United Will Never Be Defeated!”
I have never seen such visceral anger in Hull and people came out confident and bouyed up by the protest. We must use this to build for strike action and the maximum possible attendance at the TUC demo on March 26th.
– Hull Trade Unionist