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Protesters head for London to join People's Assembly march against austerity

Issue No. 2499

On the Swansea coach

On the Swansea coach (Pic: Martin Chapman)

Around 40 coaches from across Britain are on their way to London this morning, Saturday, for the People’s Assembly demonstration. There are hundreds of reasons to protest against the Tories’ austerity, and marchers told Socialist Worker which are most important to them.

There was an electric atmosphere on the Swansea coach—filled in just a week and funded by the Unison union.

Student nurse Lauren said, “I am here mainly to demonstrate because of the uncertainty over our bursaries.” Neil works for learning disabilities charity Swansea People First—and is set to lose his job as its funding is stopped. He also wants to stop the privatisation of the NHS.

Daniel aged 18 and his friends Kiera and Kori aged 17 all came from the nearby town of Kidwelly. Daniel said he’s tired of elitism, Kiera said the rich are stealing from us and Kori said the government puts aristocrats first.

Two coaches left Manchester, along with others from nearby towns Bolton and Rochdale and around 100 people on a train.

Shirley from Women Against State Pension Inequality said, “I am on a lower occupational pension than if I had been a man doing the same job.

“I am marching against inequality and because we need a decent state pension to survive. I don't think men and women should work till their late 60s."

Oliver, a member of Labour left group the Labour Representation Committee, said, “I think political campaigning is well and good. But sometimes you need a show of force to say there is a popular mandate for a different type of society.

"A more equal society, more committed to social justice and fairness where we are all really in it together unlike the myth the Tories peddle.”

There were four coaches from Birmingham and the West Midlands. There was a lively gathering as people holding banners got ready to board.

Around 20 anti-austerity campaigners from the Isle of Wight got the ferry to Portsmouth to join a coach funded by the Unite union.

Thanks to Alistair Wingate, Jon Woods, Martin Chapman, Martin Empson. Join the protest - assemble 1pm, Gower St/Euston Rd, central London, NW1

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Sat 16 Apr 2016, 11:21 BST
Issue No. 2499
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