Socialist Worker

Burning anger against cuts on bonfire day of protests

Issue No. 2378

Atos protest in Sheffield

Atos protest in Sheffield (pic:Jack Hetherington)


Protesters were taking action against austerity around Britain as Socialist Worker went to press on Tuesday.

Members of the RMT union campaigned for the renationalisation of the railways at public transport hubs in the morning.

Sheffield’s Unite Community union rallied at the offices of Atos Healthcare—the firm hired by the government to “assess” disability benefit claimants.

Napo strikers also in Sheffield swelled the ranks of a protest at computer games store Cex over the sacking of a young worker. 

Campaigners targeted high street loan sharks near Shepherd’s Bush market in west London. York town centre saw a mock bonfire of austerity, with paper flames.

Another bonfire was planned in Bristol for the symbolic burning of austerity policies by protesters in fancy dress.

Shoppers in King’s Lynn were offered the chance to pin the blame on David Cameron. And an anti-austerity tour of Manchester was set to start from the town’s Atos office.

Many of the protests were part of a day of action by the People’s Assembly, which was set to climax with a protest at Westminster Bridge next to Parliament in central London.


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