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People's Assemblies launched in Newcastle and Essex

Issue No. 2371

Around 500 people attended the North East People’s Assembly launch in Newcastle last Saturday.

People discussed resisting the Tories, racism, rebuilding unions and more.

Anyone who argued for more strikes was well received.

Beth Farhat from the Northern Region TUC said, “If there are any groups of workers that feel the need to take industrial action, we will support them.”

Craig Johnston from the RMT union recalled the massive public sector pension strikes of 2011.

He said, “Coordinated strike action forced the government back to the table. I wish we hadn’t missed the opportunity to take the action further.”

Dave Turner from the FBU union said, “Doing nowt isn’t an option”.

There will be a follow-up public meeting on Tuesday of next week, 6pm in St John’s Church hall, Newcastle.

Nick Clark

Up to 50 socialists, trade unionists and activists came to the first meeting of Essex People’s Assembly last Saturday.

People were clearly angry at the Coalition’s attack on working class people.

The assembly has become involved in organising for the protest at the Tory party conference on 29 September and will meet again.

Jon Woollard

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Tue 17 Sep 2013, 16:06 BST
Issue No. 2371
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