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Unions back protest at Labour conference

Issue No. 2161

The growing anger against the Labour government’s handling of the recession is building momentum for protests at the Labour Party conference on 27 September.

The PCS civil service workers’ union and the NUT teachers’ union last week became the latest national unions to back the protests.

The lecturers’ UCU and journalists’ NUJ unions are already backing protests on the day.

Andy Reid, from the PCS national executive, reports, 'The PCS national executive unanimously voted to support the 27 September demonstration at the Labour conference.

'We know that our members are faced with the same onslaught against jobs, pay and pensions that is being unleashed across the private and public sectors.

'At this year’s TUC we will be seeking to reforge the type of united action that was central to PCS’s strategy over pensions and pay in the last few years.

'The demonstration can play a key role in bringing together all those who want to fight the government’s plans (be it Labour or Tory) and who do not believe that workers should bear the cost of the bosses crisis.’

Nick Grant, NUT national executive, reports, 'The NUT national executive of 16 July unanimously voted to support a protest at the Labour Party conference.

'This shows how much the issue of soaring youth unemployment is felt by those directly affected.

'How can teachers and lecturers continue to ask students to work hard for grades when they have increasingly little value in the jobs market?

NUT executive member Chris Blakey, who moved the motion, said, 'This is a great opportunity to start the new educational year with a bang.'

“NUT branches should book shared transport to Brighton on Sunday 27 September with invitations to the NUS and other local trade unionists to get on board. Don’t forget school students and parents support.”

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Tue 21 Jul 2009, 18:32 BST
Issue No. 2161
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