On 26th March 2011, the TUC (Trades Union Congress) organised a protest march and rally in London against cuts in public services. A few hundred thousand people turned up to show their support – a diverse range of people from all social spectrums in Britain. Many came as part of union groups, but others came without affiliation to any union. As we know cuts aren’t just affecting libraries, they are across the all public services, but it was great to hear so many library campaigners had taken part… all fighting and standing up for library services in their local area, but at the same time coming together with everyone else to point out that these cuts are destroying library services nationally… all coming together to say that we aren’t going to let it happen.
Voices For The Library were represented there too – standing up for libraries amongst the mass of the peaceful protest… amongst the banners and placards exclaiming “No to cuts!”
A number of people have written down their thoughts on the march from a library campaigners perspective and here are a few of them. They include members of Voices For The Library as well as other campaigners.
Let’s hope that this protest has a positive impact on the future of public libraries and other public services.