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Tory conference protetst is next stop for the fightback

Issue No. 2269

As trade unions gear up for an autumn of strikes, all roads lead to Manchester on Sunday 2 October.

That’s where the Tories will be holding their conference this year—plotting more attacks on working class people and quaffing champagne while we suffer.

But they won’t do it without a fight. This is a chance to join the mass march against the Tory looters.

The TUC has thrown itself into organising the demonstration, which was initiated by the Right to Work campaign.

The potential is now for it to be tens of thousands strong, laying siege to the conference.

Over 150 coaches are now confirmed from towns and cities across Britain.

“We’re going to be building to get as many people to Manchester as possible,” said Dave Franklin, a PCS union member in Plymouth.

“Now that the TUC are behind the protest it’s easier to get support. We’ve booked a coach, now we’re going round branches looking for sponsorship. Interest is starting to grow.”

Ann Hird (right), a Unison steward in Doncaster, said the march is “not just for trade unionists—everyone should be in Manchester on the day”.

“I am going to Manchester because we are in a class struggle and we have to fight to win,” she added.

“I went through the Miners’ Strike—my husband was a Yorkshire miner.

“I want to see the Tories beaten this time.”

Protest: Sunday 2 October l at Tory conference in Manchester. Assemble 12 noon, Liverpool Rd (off Deansgate), Manchester M3 4JR. Organised by the TUC, initiated by the Right to Work campaign

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