AS WE NOTED in our article A new wave of strikes? (of 03/10/2012) the TUC is organising a march and demonstration to oppose the continuing Con-Dem cuts.
Scheduled for later this month (October 20), the march and demo will take place in London. According to the TUC website – www.tuc.org.uk - the reason for the march is that Austerity isn’t working:
“Our country faces long-term economic problems. But our political leaders have failed to face up to them.
For the next five years or more, unless policies change the economy will not grow, incomes will not rise, and there will be almost no new jobs.
If the government keeps on with big spending cuts and austerity we face a lost decade. Even on their own terms government policies are failing. To close the deficit we need a healthy growing economy that generates tax income. But austerity has led to a vicious circle of decline.
Instead of just letting the banks go back to business and bonuses as usual, we need policies that promote new and old industries.
This new approach would create jobs, especially for young people.
It would encourage companies to raise average pay, penalise big bonuses and invest in training and new industries. It would crack down on tax evasion by big companies and the super-rich. It would tackle the growing inequality between the super-rich and everyone else.
Rather than deep, rapid spending cuts, we need to reverse our decline and build an economy that works for ordinary families.
We need a future that works. Will you join us?”
The march will start forming up from 11am at Hungerford Bridge and is scheduled to start at noon. It will then proceed towards Parliament, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus, before entering Hyde Park at Hyde Park Corner.
Last year, the TUC organised ‘March for the Alternative’ attracted over 500,000 people. At the moment all the indications are that this march and demo will feature similar numbers. Hopefully, this’ll convey a message to Cameron and Clegg that we’re fed up with their policies that only seem to have the effect of making the poor poorer and the rich richer.