United Against Austerity

Thoughts of a Leicester Socialist

On Sunday tens of thousands of protesters from all over the country descended upon Manchester to unite under the slogan “No to austerity, yes to workers’ rights”. With the Tory Party Conference now in full swing, workers sacrificed their day of rest to demonstrate their anger at five years of violent austerity.

Protest crowd

More devastating cuts loom on the horizon, with promises from the Tories (the Party of the 24%) of the disposal of public sector jobs, privatisation of public services, continued pay freezes, and a sickening message to hardworking people that they must work harder and longer. Not of course forgetting our government’s plans to sell off social housing, and cut tax credits and disability benefits.

Speaking in the run-up to Sunday’s inspiring display of working-class solidarity, Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) told a fringe meeting of the Trades Union Congress that he believed the…

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