On Wednesday alt.cardiff found out why 4000 workers were on strike
Strikers march to the SWALEC Stadium
Cardiff’s schools were empty and its streets full as thousands of public sector workers went out on strike.
The action was prompted by government proposals for pension reforms, which will see contributions increase and the age of retirement rise from 65 to 67, changes which Prime Minister, David Cameron, described as, “fair”, during last Wednesday’s PM’s Questions.
Workers from 30 unions came together for the strikes, which saw all of Cardiff bus services cancelled and an estimated 8 in 10 Welsh schools closed.
Strikers marched from City Hall to a rally held in the SWALEC Stadium.
Teacher and National Union of Teachers member, Emma Wilson, summed up the feeling of the room by saying, “They [the government] want us to pay more, work longer and receive less. Leave our pensions alone.”
A view from within the strikes; alt.cardiff speaks to the protesters.