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Wigan march against job cuts

by Barry Conway
Issue No. 2144

Some 150 people marched through Wigan against job cuts and privatisation last Saturday.

The terrific demonstration brought the town centre to a halt and attracted crowds of well wishers.

Homemade banners calling for the rich to foot the bill for the crisis and not workers jostled with official banners from Unison, NUT, and Unite unions.

Speakers included Unison national executive member Roger Bannister. He told the demonstrators, “This enthusiastic and vociferous demonstration is the music of the future.

“We will not stand idly by while our colleagues are thrown on the scrapheap by redundancy and our public services are decimated.”

Chris Riley, a former GMB union convenor, added, “A couple of years ago we fought a very successful strike campaign at JJB and we need to build on today’s action.

“We must fight job losses. If we stand together and fight, we can win this battle.”

One demonstrator told Socialist Worker, “I can’t remember being on a better march. It was loud and lively and told the politicians that we’re not paying for the bloody mess they’ve go us into.”

Demonstrators have called for another march in the summer and the formation of a local activist group to take this forward.

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Tue 24 Mar 2009, 17:56 GMT
Issue No. 2144
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