A Future that Works

The TUC is calling for people from across the country to join its national demonstration against the coalition government’s cuts and austerity programme in London on Saturday 20 October.

TUC FutureWorks logo greyThe march, called ‘A Future that Works’, will follow the same route as last year’s March for the Alternative which attracted a quarter of a million people. The TUC are hoping for a similar turn-out this year when Labour leader Ed Miliband is expected to join the demonstration.

Protesters are being asked to gather on Victoria Embankment from 11am. The march will set off at 1pm and head to Hyde Park via Westminster Bridge, Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly. The rally will be addressed by “a mix of trades unionists and public figures to speak about how austerity isn’t working, the need to invest in jobs and growth and to defend quality public services”.

Many more details, including route maps and travel information, are on the event website where the TUC explain their reasons for organising the demo:

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.


More details: http://afuturethatworks.org/