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York campaigners head to London for mass demonstration against Government's cuts
Brian Clark, vice president of Yorks Trades Council, who is taking part in the TUC organised March For The Future in London. Picture by Ann Czernik
COACHLOADS of campaigners from York and North Yorkshire will head to London this weekend for a mass demonstration against the Government’s funding squeeze.
Saturday’s TUC-organised protest march in London is expected to draw in hundreds of thousands of people voicing their anger against Westminster spending reductions and privatisation.
York & District Trades Union Council (TUC) and York Stop The Cuts have organised a convoy of coaches to the Hyde Park demonstration – dubbed A Future That Works – with those taking part including union members, students and residents who say they fear public services are being ravaged by lack of funding and the spread of private sector involvement.
“As somebody with a disability, earning the minimum wage and with a son at university, the cuts to housing benefit and the rise in tuition fees are affecting me and my family,” said care worker and single parent Jane Brown, who is among those joining the London rally.
“All my children want to do is get an education so they can contribute to this society. All around me, I see people devastated by cuts to benefits and services, and that’s why I’ll be marching on Saturday.”
Mark Bentley, a member of research staff at the University of York, said: “We believe cuts to public services are the problem, not the cure.
“Instead, we need to crack down on tax avoidance by big companies and we need a banking sector which serves industry and people, not its own corporate pockets.”
The marchers will also include Brian Clark, vice-president of York TUC, and Brian Golding, GMB convenor at Nestlé and a trade unionist for 30 years who says his father was “blacklisted” for union activity.
He said: “It’s why I do the job I do – I want to make things better for people.
“The economic crisis is a great excuse to get rid of services. If I can put back a little bit to support public sector workers, I will.”
Coaches will leave Leeman Road coach stop at Memorial Gardens at 8am on Saturday.
For tickets, phone York Stop The Cuts on 07980 316414 or turn up on the day.
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