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Anti-cuts campaigns gather pace

Issue No. 2223

There was standing room only at a meeting in Hastings last week as pensioners, trades unionists, students and local councillors filled the hall at the trades council’s meeting against public sector cuts.

Chris Baugh, assistant general secretary of the PCS union, spoke about the need to build campaigns across Britain.

He was applauded as he urged campaigners to be ready for direct action of the sort that stopped the poll tax.

Sam Buckley of the trades council reminded the audience that more than two thirds of the population of Hastings is directly dependent on the public sector. Other speakers asked the audience to support the trades council’s Halloween fancy dress rally “the horrors of cuts” which will take place in the town centre at 11am on Saturday 30 October.

For further information please contact Sam Buckley on [email protected]


Around 200 people joined a TUC-organised protest against cuts in Dorchester, Dorset, on Wednesday of last week.


Sixty trade union reps, two Labour councillors and the local Labour MP attended a meeting in Workington, Cumbria, on Tuesday of last week. It was organised by the Allerdale and Copeland Public Service Alliance.

Scottish demonstration

Disabled people, LGBT people, women’s groups, people from ethnic minorities and other campaigners demonstrated outside the Scottish Parliament on Friday of last week against cuts.


Newcastle Central branch of the Unite union is holding a meeting against cuts on Saturday 30 October and is seeking input from local campaigners. Email [email protected]

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Tue 12 Oct 2010, 18:13 BST
Issue No. 2223
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