The Put People First campaign hit the local press in Birmingham last week when activists took a campaign banner and leaflets to protest outside the LDV van plant where 900 jobs are at risk.
Simon, one of the organisers of the protest, told Socialist Worker, “We got loads of local press coverage.
“The workers at LDV were really interested in the campaign – but it was the first they had heard of the march. We have to get out there and build those links.”
Several unions, including Unite, Unison and the NUT, have booked coaches from the West Midlands area.
Activists are working hard to make sure that as many people as possible know about the campaign and to ensure that the demonstration on 28 March becomes a focus for anger over the recession.
“In Birmingham we’re meeting every week in the run up to the demonstration,” Simon said.
“We want to a big turnout for the protest in London. This can also be a great way of building a network of local activists and trade unionists who also want to campaign against job and service cuts in the area.”
Students across the city have also been building for the protests with leafleting sessions and postering on campus.
Birmingham university students are holding a forum next week with the Stop the War society to raise awareness of the Put People First campaign and Stop the War protests at the G20 and Strasbourg.
Elsewhere, the NUT teachers’ union in Bristol has booked a coach from the city. The Unite union is backing the demonstration and their latest transport includes coaches from Southampton.
For updates and news on the protests and to download campaign material go to » www.putpeoplefirst.org.uk