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TUC disabled workers conference calls for action

by Roddy Slorach
Issue No. 2355

On the protest

On the protest (Pic: Roddy Slorach)

Around 260 delegates attended last week’s TUC disabled workers’ conference. 

Much of the anger was directed at the Labour Party’s refusal to provide any hope or real alternative for those fighting Tory policies—especially the bedroom tax and Atos assessments. 

Several speakers argued that the scale of the cuts meant that direct action was now the only way forward. 

Comedian Francesca Martinez won a standing ovation for emphasising that it took a fight from below to win the welfare state and demanding national strikes to do it.

The conference’s first day was cut short after delegates voted to stage a protest over benefit cuts. Delegates blocked traffic in central London in a joint action with Disabled People Against Cuts.

The conference called for the TUC to organise an emergency benefits justice demo. The TUC said its general council will discuss the demo this week.

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Tue 28 May 2013, 17:53 BST
Issue No. 2355
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