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Marchers slam hypocrisy of ‘Northern Powerhouse’

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2499

The march in Sheffield

The march in Sheffield (Pic: Neil Terry)

Around 500 people marched through Sheffield last Saturday attacking the Tories’ “Northern Powerhouse” sham.

The PCS union called the demonstration after over

200 job losses were announced at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Bis).

Tom Bishell, PCS branch secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions in Sheffield, told Socialist Worker, “After steel went under there was a decision to bring government jobs here. Now there seems to have been a decision to take them out.”

College student Meg Kay was outraged at David Cameron’s tax dodging revelations. “It’s not impossible to beat the Tories—if it was I wouldn’t be here,” she said.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka told the rally, “If we all take industrial action together—imagine what that could do to David Cameron.”

Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell encouraged workers to turn Sheffield into a “Northern Powerhouse of resistance”.

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