Why Britain's Anti-Austerity Protests Must Go On

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After last Saturday's protests against Tory cuts in London, supported by everyone from Super Furry Animals and Primal Scream to Charlotte Church, what now? Sam Fairbairn, National Secretary of The People's Assembly, explains why the protests need to continue...

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Protest Not Your Thing? Think Again

JS63356986.jpgSaturday’s march and demo has the power to unite us, but only if we reach out as never before to those outside left-wing circles. Preaching to the converted is not an option, believes Rev Mike Walsh.

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Local Organisation and Participation is Crucial for Anti-Austerity Fight

One month down, 59 to go. That month went quite quickly, right? I mean, the Queen’s Speech set the tone for a miserable five years, but we’re closer than ever to the next election. Only 1789 days left, probably.

It’s not enough to simply wish the time away: 59 months of thumb-twiddling effectively allows the government to implement any policy they like, unchallenged. Now, as much as we ever have, we need passion, not passivity. We need to demonstrate, not procrastinate; to analyse and organise.

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Why the trade unions are, and will remain, at the heart of the anti-austerity movement

20140621-d423.jpgWithin 72 hours of the Tories forming a majority in Parliament it became crystal clear they were salivating at the opportunity to further impose their political austerity agenda for another five years. Attacks on freedom of speech, protest, the Human Rights Act and the right to strike came swiftly. Threshold limits on industrial action ballots are proposed, with higher thresholds for those working in health, education, fire and transport services. This will push many disputes outside the law as the shackles tighten on lawful action, enabling employers to challenge ‘small and irrelevant technicalities’ in the Courts. Alongside criminalising those engaged in picketing it adds up to a thought through attempt to debilitate working people and remove the most powerful collective weapon we have, the human right to withdraw our labour.

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This is the moment to say we want Trident scrapped

timthumb.php.pngWE’RE heading into another five years of Tory cuts. No doubt we’ll hear the same tired old lie — there isn’t enough money to go round. But when it comes to nuclear weapons and war they can always find the cash because the reality is there’s plenty of money — it’s a question of who is making the decisions about what it is spent on.

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Press conference: Charlotte Church to join People's Assembly 20 June demo

The People’s Assembly held a Press Conference last Thursday (4th June) for the 20 June national demonstration.


Speaking on the panel were: Rachel Maskell - Newly elected Labour MP for York Central, Steve Turner - Assistant General Secretary, Unite the Union, Sam Fairbairn - National Secretary, The People's Assembly, Charlotte Church - Singer and Activist and Amelia Womack - Deputy leader of the Green Party.

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Milton Keynes Group opens with a packed meeting

10206177-large.jpgThe main hall and galleries of The Church of Christ the Cornerstone were packed for tonight's Milton Keynes Against the Cuts meeting (Wednesday June 3).


The audience continued to cheer throughout the speeches from political commentator and Guardian columnist Owen Jones, Chrsitine Blower, secretary of the National Union of Teachers and Sam Fairbain, national secretary of The People's Assembly.

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