Saturday 26 March 2011
Assemble Victoria Embankment, London, 11am to march to a rally in Hyde Park“The three main establishment parties - Tories, New Labour, Lib Dems - have so far succeeded in limiting political debate on the cuts in public services. Whether enthusiastically or regretfully, they all say 'cuts are inevitable' and 'there is no alternative'.
“On 26 March that cosy consensus will be severely challenged. That's when hundreds of thousands of workers and their families will march through London in the biggest protest for years on the Trades Union Congress 'March for the Alternative'.
"We'll protest against over 162,000 council jobs disappearing from April, according to the GMB union, and against service cuts that will leave few families unaffected. We'll march against wage freezes whilst inflation rockets. We'll demonstrate against rising pension contributions, delayed and reduced pension entitlements, education and health cutbacks, benefit reductions and other service cuts.
"On these issues, individual union industrial battles are inevitable. The Socialist Party believes 26 March should put a central demand on the TUC, that all the public sector unions should coordinate to set the same date for industrial action, in a one-day general strike.”
Dave Nellist, Socialist Party councillor and acting chair, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC)