Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 16 May 2018

Thousands march on TUC demo - now for coordinated action to kick out the Tories!

TUC march, 12.5.18, photo by Paul Mattsson

TUC march, 12.5.18, photo by Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Scott Jones

A huge Socialist Party "Tories Out!" banner greeted 20,000 demonstrators at the end of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) organised march and rally in central London on 12 May.

And if the main demand of the demo had been 'Tories out' instead of the vague 'A new deal for working people' then the turnout would have been huge too - possibly even hundreds of thousands.

The front of the TUC march, 12.5.18, photo by Sarah Wrack

The front of the TUC march, 12.5.18, photo by Sarah Wrack   (Click to enlarge)

Many snapped up Socialist Party placards with the same demand. The Communication Workers' Union - on the back of a massive vote for strike action, backed up by unofficial walkouts, that forced Royal Mail bosses to table an acceptable pay deal - had their own 'Tories out' placards.

Chants demanding this were made throughout by the lively Socialist Students contingent, which was joined by Tamil Solidarity and Socialist Party campaigners.

Usdaw members on the TUC march, 12.5.18, photo David Owens

Usdaw members on the TUC march, 12.5.18, photo David Owens   (Click to enlarge)

Pay was the other big issue. A big Usdaw shop workers' contingent was led by new president Amy Murphy, a Socialist Party member, with chants demanding a 10 an hour minimum wage and an end to zero-hour contracts.

Striking McDonald's workers marched towards the front of the demo demanding the same.

McDonald's strikers on the TUC march, 12.5.18, photo by Paul Mattsson

McDonald's strikers on the TUC march, 12.5.18, photo by Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

The PCS civil service union before the march called for it to be used to build for its upcoming national strike ballot and its contingent was one of the biggest and liveliest, reflecting the mood for action. PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka called for coordinated strike action in the rally afterwards.

The rally also heard from striking workers such as a TGI Fridays worker set to walkout on 18 May in London. Disgracefully though, nobody involved in the massive strikes against driver-only operation by guards in the RMT union was invited to address the rally, despite the action affecting five rail networks and the dispute on Southern Rail lasting two years.

TGI Friday workers marching on the TUC demo, 12.5.18, photo Paul Mattsson

TGI Friday workers marching on the TUC demo, 12.5.18, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Jeremy Corbyn joined marchers and spoke at the rally afterwards saying the Labour Party would "proudly support" workers who "organise together to improve their lives". This is welcome. However, as Unite general secretary Len McCluskey pointed out in his speech, there are those in Labour who don't agree and have been acting to undermine Corbyn. Labour councils in Birmingham during the bin workers strike and on Merseyside over driver-only operation on the trains have been at the forefront in attacking workers.

The Tories are weak. Coordinated action by the trade unions, linking disputes over pay, pensions and job losses could force them out, giving Corbyn and Labour a chance to win a general election. But trade unionists and workers need all Labour MPs and councils to support them and Corbyn so that a general election really could mean 'a new deal' and not more Tory and Blairite cuts and austerity.

Tamil Solidarity on the TUC march, 12.5.18, photo by Paul Mattsson

Tamil Solidarity on the TUC march, 12.5.18, photo by Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)


Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.

In The Socialist 16 May 2018:

Middle East

Middle East in crisis

Exclusive interview with Gazan activist: "The more they kill us, the more the anger increases"

France '68

May 1968: Revolutionary explosion as two thirds of workforce join strike


PCS conference 2018: building on the union's militant record

PCS elections - Left sweeps the board

Socialist Party news and analysis

Tories' continuing EU quagmire is Corbyn's opportunity

Royal wedding opulence... during longest pay squeeze in 200 years

Richest worth 724bn... as 100,000 kids fall into poverty

Socialist Party workplace news

Strike at Tesco Dagenham for better pay

Belgium Lidl strike victory

Lively Hull demo against college cuts

Harrogate College strike against cuts

Leeds Acas conciliators walkout

Workplace news in brief

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Thousands march on TUC demo

'When we fight, we can win' - campaign halts hospital closure

Chesterfield May Day: march turnout great

Save Our Square takes fight to developers

Save Southall Town Hall legal hearing success

Ronan Point

Ronan Point disaster 50 years on

International socialist news and analysis

Spain: Student general strike against sexist, capitalist 'justice' system

Sweden: Socialist elected leader of 77,000-strong tenants' union


The Socialist Inbox


Home   |   The Socialist 16 May 2018   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook

Related links:


triangleCorbyn promises 'power in the hands of workers' - how can Labour do it?

triangleTrade union movement must put its stamp on swirling events

triangleLobby of TUC: Upbeat meeting calls for trade union lead to boot out Tories

triangleTUC: Lost opportunity to organise a united struggle

triangleClimate action day - trade union round-up


triangleManchester: Demo against the Tories

triangleBradford demo: Self-determination for Kashmir

triangleTUC: name the day for a mass demo

triangleSudan solidarity protests


triangleTrump and Tories are a threat to environment

triangleTories launch 'non manifesto'

triangleSixth-form college strikes: 'Sticking two fingers up at the Tories'


triangleSocial workers lobby Hull City Council

triangleSouth African Airways workers win wage increase after strike action


triangleHackney Socialist Party: What will the election result mean for 2020?


triangleSwansea: Corbyn rally attracts turnout but many can't get in

Socialist Party:

triangleGloucestershire Socialist Party: Workers' democracy vs corporate 'leadership'


triangleThe Great Big Socialist Party Quiz 2019


triangleJared Wood overwhelmingly elected to RMT executive

Trade union:

triangleSecret police infiltration of workers' movement exposed


triangleTata announces 1,000 job cuts - Steel unions must fight for every job!


triangleIncompetent bosses use tech to bully us

Trade unions:

triangleThe Socialist Inbox


triangleMillions strike in France


triangleSolid support for guards on West Midlands Trains

Len McCluskey:

triangleDurham Miners' Gala

Mark Serwotka:

triangleElect Marion Lloyd!

Jeremy Corbyn:

triangleAttacks show elite fear a Corbyn election win

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns



Swansea: Corbyn rally attracts turnout but many can't get in


Socialist Party

Fight for your future - join the socialists



Strikes: more determined than ever


Socialist Students

Students and workers united in struggle


South Western Railway

It's a strike to ensure the safety of the travelling public



Surrey firefighters to ballot on Christmas industrial action



Social workers lobby Hull City Council


Climate change

Climate strikes: Students and trade unionists protest together


Socialist Party

Why I joined: "Proud to be a socialist"



Carlisle election meeting: Education - time to make the mega-rich and corporations pay



Workplace news in brief


West Midlands

Solid support for guards on West Midlands Trains


Climate change

Climate change election debate - Corbyn offers best green solutions but needs to go further


The Socialist

Selling the Socialist


Royal Mail

Royal Mail court ruling - national reps meeting and solidarity action essential

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube



Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777


Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07954 376 096

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551



Alphabetical listing

December 2019

November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019