Coaches sponsored by the TUC, Unison and the PCS brought people from Leeds to attend the rally, organised by Yorkshire and Humber TUC. Up to 1,000 people gathered in front of Sheffield town hall to hear local and national speakers from unions and the Labour Party denounce the cuts. Anger was particularly targeted at Nick Clegg, deputy prime-minister and MP for Sheffield Hallam.
However, there was also some impatience from the crowd. Over and again, we were told to wait. Wait for the TUC national demonstration in March, wait until Labour is re-elected. Against this, a very vocal group chanted “We can’t wait” over and again, and called for a general strike. A little disappointment, as well, for many of the Leeds contingent, that the regional TUC had decided not to call a march. Some of us were lucky enough to have arrived in time to join a 350-strong feeder march of students down to the protest, but apart from that it was a static protest.
Read the report from the Sheffield Star.