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Protests at Tory and Lib Dem conference will show our strength

by Paul Brandon, national secretary of Right to Work
Issue No. 2262

Several months ago Right to Work initiated marches on the Tory party conference in Manchester on 2 October and the Lib Dem conference in Birmingham on 18 September.

From the beginning we have run open planning meetings and have been pleased to be working with the North West and Midlands TUC.

We contacted the councils and police in Manchester and Birmingham and have been in negotiations about the route of the march.

We have argued with the TUC that these demonstrations should be called as March for the Alternative 2 and 3.

This would mean continuing the fantastic legacy of March for the Alternative—which had its first outing on 26 March. That demonstration saw half a million take to the streets.

We hope that together this will act as a unifying force to take the fight to the government in the autumn.

The demos need to be big, defiant and reflect all aspects of the fightback.

The NUT, FBU, PCS, Unite and CWU unions have all backed the idea of marching for the alternative in Birmingham.

Right to Work initiated the 7,000-strong demonstration at the Tory conference in Birmingham last year, and the 5,000‑strong demonstration at the Lib Dem spring conference in Sheffield in March.

Both of these involved wide layers of trade unionists and anti-cuts campaigners.

Right to Work will continue to play this role, working with whichever anti-cuts campaigns and trade unions wish to work alongside us.

We now call on all our supporters to re-double their efforts in building for the demonstrations and make them days the government will never forget.

Join the protests:

•March against the Tories

Sunday 2 October, Manchester

•March against the Lib Dems

Sunday 18 September, Birmingham

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Tue 26 Jul 2011, 18:32 BST
Issue No. 2262
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