Protests against cuts are now taking place somewhere every day. Thousands have marched, and thousands more will in the weeks to come.
On Saturday 26 March the TUC’s national demonstration in London will bring those who oppose the cuts together.
The TUC expects at least a quarter of a million people. Over 500 coaches are booked—and the unions are block-booking trains.
In Southampton seven coaches are already coming.
Bobby Noyes, president of Southampton trades council, said, “We will have more coaches than the 12 we took to the massive anti-war demonstration in 2003.
“I’m going to Salisbury to meet with students and others who want to come. We are using the protest to create a regional network.”
At one job centre in Birmingham, 26 workers have already signed up for the coach going from their office.
“We created our own sign-up sheet and are going round with it,” Helen, a PCS member in the office, told Socialist Worker. “We want a big group going together with their families.”
A key staging post on the way to 26 March will be the People’s Convention this Saturday, initiated by the Right to Work campaign.
It will bring together campaigners to organise against the cuts. Workshops hosted by different groups will plan action (see page 2).
It is vital that the protest on 26 March is huge, sending a clear message to the Tories that we will fight their cuts.
And in the coming weeks and months activists need to create broad, fighting anti-cuts organisations.
A People’s Convention to build resistance to cuts and austerity, Saturday 12 February, 10.30am-5pm, Friends Meeting House Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
Go to www.righttowork.org.uk