Unions march against the Tories

by - 2nd October 2011, 8.30 GMT

Thousands of trade unionists yesterday marched through Manchester to show opposition to the Coalition Government’s disastrous policies of pay freezes, cuts and attacks on public services that are producing rising unemployment, cuts in living standards and stagnation.

The march, which coincides with the Conservative Party conference, was joined by an estimated 35,000 people.

A TUC spokesperson said:  “We need jobs, growth and justice for a sustainable future and this event will send that message loud and clear.”

Among the speakers at the closing rally was Unite general secretary Len McCluskey, who said: “The deeper the cuts, the more harm this government does to our economy. Our NHS, our welfare state and our access to justice and education are all under assault from a government which has no understanding of or care for the importance of our public services to our communities.

“These attacks are totally political. The evidence that their strategy is a calamitous failure mounts up daily but still they cut – and they will not stop until they have dismantled what generations of this country have held dear.

“People are now questioning this government’s competence, and getting angry about the choices it is making. This protest is only the beginning. We will keep doing so until they stop this economic kamikaze mission. This chaotic coalition can destroy itself by all means, but we will not let them take our country and our services with them.”