The leader of one of Britain’s biggest trade unions promised a wave of strike action across the country in response to cuts in public spending.
Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union, addressed a rally of thousands protesting outside the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham.
He said: “Strikes are inevitable. We are stronger if we get together. Striking together will not just happen on its own.
“We need to plan it now. We need our union stewards meeting now in every town and every city and we’ve got to start planning.”
He told the crowd of activists, trade unionists, students and others that if they grouped together they could “turn the tide” against the cuts.
“Let’s stand together, let’s march together, let’s strike together and tell them they will not get away with it,” he said.
As the Tories held their first conference since entering the coalition at Birmingham’s International Conference Centre, the protesters marched through the city centre, waving banners and chanting.