I am proud to be a union member today. The Day of Action showed that the unions are as relevant today as on 27 February 1900, when a massed meeting of unions spawned the Labour Party.
Of course we expect the Tories to misrepresent public sector pensions, because the only way the Big Society will work is if there is a Big Underclass footing the bill.
But what is true is that UK pensioners are now among the poorest in Europe. Only Cyprus, Latvia and Estonia treat their pensioners worse than we do; our average public sector pension is now only £5600 per year.
It’s scandalous that the Tories are trying to cut pensions even further, and doubly scandalous that the Lib Dems are standing by, wringing their hands, but doing nothing to help.
So I’m proud to be a union member, because today, 2 million union members decided to do something about it.