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ANTI CUTS PROTEST
 

Star date: 24th October 2010 

1000 PEOPLE TURN OUT TO RAGE AGAINST THE CUTS

Yesterday around 1000 people attended rallies and marched through Manchester to protest against the ConDem coalition government cuts announced this week.

Speakers included Salford's Steve North, representing the National Shop Stewards Network, Sir Gerald Kaufman, Labour MP for Gorton, and Karen Reissman, Karen Reissmann, health campaigner and SWP member...

Full story and photos here…


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It might not have been of French proportions but yesterday Manchester and Salford took to the streets to protest against cuts that will affect every bit of life in the North West, from job losses to benefits reductions to the slashing of public services.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) is already stating that the real pain from George Osborne's `spending review' will be felt most in the North, leading to an even bigger divide with the South, while Pricewaterhouse-Coopers estimate that 3.8% of the region's workforce is under threat.

Speakers at yesterday's rallies were keen to underline how dire the consequences of this government's actions are likely to be…

"Last Wednesday the ministers decided on a series of cuts. But it will not be ministers who will suffer" said Labour MP Gerald Kaufman "Ministers don't need help in pregnancy, Ministers don't need free school meals for their children, Ministers don't need Surestart. They went to Eton and the Bullingden Club and now are cutting 10,000 university places.

"Terrible as she was, Thatcher cut by 10%, this lot want to cut by 29%" he added "This is a cabinet of the rich victimising poor families. We need to win on the streets, win on the demonstrations and win at the ballot box."

And Steve North from Salford Unison and representing the National Shop Stewards Network added "There is a growing anger against these cuts. New people are getting involved all the time. As a public service worker I am not here just to fight for our jobs, it's about protecting services too. This is not the public versus the private sector. We are all together on this. We need to reach out to communities…"

The huge street protests in France were never far from people's thoughts and David Vincent of the Public and Commercial Services Union called for similar action in our cities…"There was a debate on TV this week about 'Will our protest be like the French'…The Tories said British people were too sensible to fight like they do in France. It is the French who are the sensible ones. That is what we need here."

His strong words were echoed by Karen Reissman, of the Socialist Workers Party...

"This Government does not have a mandate for these cuts" she said "The Tories did not win a majority. The Lib Dems promised they would oppose cuts. They are all taking advantage of the crisis to get rid of what they never wanted us to have in the first place.

"They are choosing to do all this" she added "They could have taxed the rich. They could have cut Trident. They could have brought in a Robin Hood Tax. They chose instead to attack the poor.  With 23 millionaires in the cabinet, what do they know about the real world? They have never faced the choice of eating or heating.

"We do not want to fight the cuts corner by corner. We all need to be out together.  Look at France, they are more serious about the fight back, and we should be serious too. We must launch a fight on a scale never seen before. We will have to push for a general strike…"

As everyone has been saying this week, this is just the start of a major battle over the coming months and years…

Photos by Albert Spiby

 


 

Fidelma Gallagher. wrote
at 20:15:06 on 27 October 2010
As Groucho said, I wouldnt join any party that would have me as a member!!!!! Pity the politerati didnt agree with Groucho.
 
Richard Carvath wrote
at 12:15:05 on 27 October 2010
You don't have to be in a party (but it is often helpful to one's ends). I am not currently a member of the Conservative Party - my recent brief membership was invalidated - but they don't seem to mind the irony of permitting me to remain a member of the Conservative Christian Fellowship.
 
Martin O'Neill wrote
at 06:15:44 on 27 October 2010
Do I have to be in a party to voice an opinion Richard? As I stated the economic debates will go on but do not label those worried about loosing their jobs. (Have the Conservative party let you stay in by the way or is this 'in the national interest' language your own)
 
Richard Carvath wrote
at 22:06:20 on 26 October 2010
Have you joined the Salford Green [and Red inside] Party yet Martin? ............... In principle I do not believe that the primary purpose of the public sector is to provide employment. The public sector should employ no more than are necessary to deliver essential public services. The non-jobs, the bureaucracy and the waste needs to go. I don't support every last cut, but the broad thrust of the coalition's cuts package represents the vital economic medicine this country needs if we are to survive the diabolical mess that 13 years of Labour left us in. The coalition cabinet may be full of rich men but I do believe that for the most part they are acting in the national interest and in good faith.
 
Martin O'Neill wrote
at 06:09:02 on 26 October 2010
Would the 500,000 public sector workers who are set to lose their jobs have made for a more impressive sight? or perhaps the 100,000's of thousands of private sector workers whose jobs rely on public sector contracts? Is every person worried about losing their job a 'lefty'? The economic debates are there to be had; High inflation, low wages and low consumer confidence. With the added battle to keep interest rates low. The USA still slugglish and the EuroZone employing austerity measures. Perhaps we will be saved by Cameron breaking out the Ferrero Rocher in the embassies so we can sell to India, Brazil and China.
 
Richard Carvath wrote
at 16:24:49 on 25 October 2010
A thousand for something like this is a very poor turnout. Is the hard left dead?
 
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