‘WE ARE asking members to support the major anti-cuts demonstration in central London on 1st July,’ civil servants union PCS said yesterday, referring to the ‘TORIES OUT’ march this Saturday.
Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has called for the TUC to organise a million to join the march. PCS continued: ‘The event, organised by the People’s Assembly and supported by all major trade unions, including PCS, calls for an end to the 1% public sector pay cap, and demands a decent health service, education system, housing, jobs and living standards for all.’
Unite the union has organised coaches from around the country to bring their members down to the march. Unite said: ‘Cuts Cost Lives – join the “Tories Out” demo in London. The general election result was devastating for Theresa May and the Tories. May called it to gain a bigger majority in parliament but failed spectacularly to deliver on that.
‘Now the Tories are in chaos, forced to try to prop up a government with the deeply conservative and regressive DUP. Even if the Tories can get a Queen’s Speech through parliament this arrangement is unsustainable, it won’t last for long. The election result represents a rejection of Tory policies.
‘The Tories know they have no mandate; already the government has suggested it may have to ease its austerity plans because of huge opposition. Now we need to make sure the full force of opposition is felt, if we mobilise in huge numbers we can force big concessions on the NHS, education, housing and jobs.
‘There is already talk of another general election in the next few months. We’re marching against another five years of a Tory government committed to austerity, cuts and privatisation. And we’re marching for a decent health service, education system, housing, jobs and living standards for all. We urge all members to join the demonstration, and stand shoulder to shoulder in one massive show of strength on Saturday 1st July. Put the date in your diary and join the demonstration!’
General secretary of the Baker’s union, Ronnie Draper told News Line it would be ‘not just a demonstration of strength but a demonstration of the opposition against the onslaught of Tory cuts. We were calling to kick out May during the general election, but this isn’t just about crosses in boxes this is about people on the streets.
‘We need to make sure that we get the Tory government out and a Labour government in. The march is going to be a conduit towards that. The TUC should be promoting the march and making sure we get a million people there on Saturday.’