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The People’s Convention: coming together against cuts

Issue No. 2236

Hundreds of anti-cuts activists, trade unionists, pensioners and students are signed up to the People’s Convention on 12 February.

The Convention, which was initiated by the Right to Work campaign, aims to bring activists together to discuss and organise against the cuts.

 Glasgow City Unison is the latest trade union branch to agree to send delegates to the event.

A number of organisations are hosting workshops on the day.

These include Keep Our NHS Public, Defend Council Housing, Black Activists Rising Against Cuts, Disabled People Against Cuts, the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, and the Education Activist Network.

There will also be a debate on how councillors can resist the cuts.

Harry McGill from the London Coalition Against Poverty (LCAP) spoke to Socialist Worker about why LCAP is coming to the Convention.


He said, “Disabled people are being told they are fit to work, when they are not.

“We want to discuss how we can use more direct action—like occupying Jobcentres.

“It isn’t enough to say ‘we don’t want the cuts to happen’, and it won’t be enough just to march. We also have to fight every cut directly.”

Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) are building for the Convention to ensure that more disabled people are involved in fighting back.

“We are often viewed as passive and dependent receivers of charity and services,” Linda Burnip from DPAC told Socialist Worker.

“So we need to take a leading role in fighting back against cuts that will directly affect our lives.”

We need to build broad and militant resistance.

The People’s Convention is part of mobilising the forces of opposition.

The People’s Convention takes place on Saturday 12 February at Friends Meeting House in central London. To sign up for the convention or for more details go to

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Tue 25 Jan 2011, 18:35 GMT
Issue No. 2236
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