ALMOST 10 years ago, more than 500 council workers marched on Southampton's civic offices in protest against mass pay cuts.

A convoy of up to 50 taxi cabs and private hire cars were expected to circle the Civic Centre on March 24, 2011 in a show of solidarity to the protesters.

But they were blocked from reaching the Guildhall Square site due to road closures.

Council workers from the Unite and Unison unions were joined by lecturers from Southampton University, Solent University and City College, who were striking over pay and pensions.

Daily Echo:

Tory council leaders were preparing to dismiss and rehire the majority of its workers on worse contracts to help plug a £25million budget hole.