Socialist Worker

'We're ready to fight back'

Issue No. 2207

Right to Work protest in Lewisham, south east London

Right to Work protest in Lewisham, south east London

More than 100 people joined the budget day protest in Leeds, with banners and flags from the PCS, Unison, NUT, CWU and UCU unions as well as the trades council, Stop the War and the Labour Representation Committee.

In London PCS civil service union members protested against the cuts. Around 70 PCS members from Euston Tower Revenue & Customs and Acas held a lunchtime protest outside the building. Members chanted “Con-Dem cuts no way, tax the rich and make them pay”. Outside the Treasury, PCS members protested against cuts they knew were coming.

“I see first hand what the cuts do”, said Fiona Staff who works for Revenue and Customs in Southend.

“People know what these cuts will do to their families, their neighbours and the services they rely on.”

Over 150 joined the lunchtime protest in Bolton. “This is the beginning of the fightback,” Martin Challender, secretary of Bolton Trades Council, told Socialist Worker.

There was an angry mood on the protest in Chesterfield as activists talked about the upcoming privatisations of services being pushed through Derbyshire county council and the conditions faced by young, low paid and unemployed workers.

Some 80 workers and activists from Unison, PCS, NUT, Unite, NASUWT and UCU trade unions joined the protest organised by Chesterfield trades council.

Around 50 people gathered outside Ealing town hall at lunchtime for an anti-cuts protest called by the local Unison union branch.

Members of Ealing NUT union joined the protest and the leader of the council and Labour councillors came and gave their support.

Around 50 people were at the Islington protest in north London.

Speakers included Dot Gibson from the National Pensioners Convention.

She said, “It was disgusting that the parties were joking together even when they were talking about making cuts that will affect pensioners—the hike in VAT will be devastating.”

Over 100 people joined a Stop the War and CND protest in Trafalgar Square demanding “cut the war, not schools and hospitals”.

Other protests include 60 in Lambeth in south London, 35 in Lewisham, south east London, 40 in Hackney, east London, and 20 in Dudley. Thirty five lecturers and students joined a protest outside City and Islington College in north London.

Thirty PCS and Prospect union members protested outside the Health and Safety Executive in London.

Around 150 people joined the lunchtime protest in Portsmouth and there were also protests of 40 in Telford, 100 in Dundee and 30 in Luton.

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