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Protests will greet Tories’ spending announcement

Issue No. 2222

Trade unionists and campaigners across Britain are planning demonstrations on 19, 20 and 23 October to show their opposition to Tory spending cuts.

The Tories will unleash the cuts package when chancellor George Osborne announces the government’s comprehensive spending review on 20 October.

The attack will devastate public services, jobs and the lives of the poorest as government departments face up to 25 percent of their budgets being slashed.

Protests, rallies and demonstrations are planned across Britain from the biggest cities to smaller towns.

One of the biggest protests is expected to be in Edinburgh, organised by the Scottish TUC.

In London on 20 October a protest has been called by Camden Trades Council, Camden’s NUT and Unison branches and St Pancras and Holborn Labour Party.

A host of other union branches are also backing the protest, including NUT, UCU, CWU RMT branches and a number of trades councils.

The Right to Work Campaign and a number of campaign groups—including Keep Our NHS Public and tenants and residents associations—have also backed the protest.

“We want to show the widespread opposition to the cuts,” Andrew Baisley, secretary of Camden NUT told Socialist Worker.

“The more people from across London who join us the better. In Camden the cuts have already had a devastating impact.

“We have lost £400 million from vital services including £170 million earmarked for rebuilding schools and £230 million from our social housing renovation fund. We expect that the cuts announced in the review will have a terrible impact on services”

Camden March and rally, Wednesday 20 October. Assemble Lincoln’s Inn Fields, 4.30pm, WC2A 3TL

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Tue 5 Oct 2010, 17:44 BST
Issue No. 2222
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