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Leicester People's Assembly launched

by Becky Lopez
Issue No. 2374

Over 100 trade unionists, activists and others gathered in Leicester last Saturday to launch the People’s Assembly Against Austerity in the city.

Speakers included CWU union general secretary Billy Hayes and Ian Hodson, president of the Bfawu bakers’ union.

Billy Hayes said the CWU had fought privatisation of Royal Mail for 21 years and would not give up the struggle now.

Ian Hodson denounced the Tories for abusing welfare benefits schemes to attack young workers’ wages.

PCS union activist Jane Aitchison said recent teachers’ strikes had caused enough disruption to force the media to report them.

A Leicester Labour councillor said the Tories were still trying to blame Labour for a financial crisis that was caused by capitalism.

People celebrated the success of the TUC march on 29 September and of the Hovis strike in Wigan.

However they recognised the need to link together all workers involved in strikes, whether they be public or private sector.

People also emphasised the need to keep the pressure on Labour to uphold their recent positive promises.


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Tue 8 Oct 2013, 16:32 BST
Issue No. 2374
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