TUC confirms mass anti-austerity demo for October

by - 21st May 2012, 13.45 BST

The TUC has confirmed it is calling a mass protest against Coalition austerity policies in London on 20th October.

The protest is seen as a follow-up to the 26th March 2010 demonstration which brought an estimated half a million people onto the streets of London.

The October demonstration is being entitled, ‘A Future That Works’.

A march through central London will culminate in a rally in Hyde Park.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: “The tide is turning against austerity.

“We were told that spending cuts were needed to get the economy growing, yet they have driven the UK back into recession.

“We were told that we were all in it together, yet Mr Cameron’s main purpose at the G8 summit seemed to be protecting the banks against the growing international support for a Robin Hood tax – and the last Budget’s centrepiece was cutting the 50p tax rate.

“It is becoming ever clearer that this government does not have the policies – or even much of a commitment – to build a prosperous economy that can generate the jobs and industries we need for the future.

“Rather than bold policies for investment and growth, the best that ministers can do is half-baked proposals to make it easier to sack people.

“That is why we expect a huge turnout from the growing numbers that want a future that works. With the USA and France now setting out the alternative, it’s time the UK also changed course.”

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