Budget 2015: Austerity policies a disaster for majority

In response to Osborne's budget last week, with a letter published in the Guardian, Trade Unions, MPs, campaigns & economists, have called for the biggest mobilisation possible against austerity at the People's Assembly national demonstration on Saturday 20 June

The letter reads...

In what we hope was his last Budget, George Osborne made a series of false claims about his economic record. The reality is that his priority is to raise profits for the corporations, top executive salaries and bonuses at the expense of ordinary working people. His achievement is the slowest ever "recovery" from recession while those ordinary people suffer increasing hardship during the longest continuous fall in living standards since records began. That is the real Tory record of this Parliament.

All those who have seen their real wages fall understand the real effects of austerity policies, along with people forced into low-paid or zero hours contracts, families forced into using food banks and everyone suffering rising A&E waiting lists. Austerity policies have not reduced the public sector deficit to the level its supporters claimed. The limited fall in the deficit is a result of hugely damaging cuts to government investment as well as the windfall of falling global interest rates, which are a sign of economic weakness.

Austerity policies have failed everyone but the super-rich, bankers and landlords who have benefited from the government's tax cuts, bonuses and measures to boost house prices but not home building.

We call for an end to austerity policies. We need to invest in a future for the majority of the population. That's why we'll be supporting the People's Assembly Against Austerity national demonstration and festival against austerity on Saturday 20 June.

Len McCluskey, Unite
Mark Serwotka, PCS
Christine Blower, NUT
Mick Whelan, ASLEF
Sally Hunt, UCU
Mick Cash, RMT
Manuel Cortes, TSSA
Billy Hayes, CWU
Dave Green, FBU
John Smith, Musicians Union
Steve Gillan, POA
Dianne Abbott MP
John McDonnell MP
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Katy Clark MP
Dave Anderson MP
Mary Glindon MP
Peter Hain MP
Grahame Morris MP
Kelvin Hopkins MP
Natalie Bennett, Green Party
Sam Fairbairn, Steve Turner & Romayne Phoenix, The People's Assembly
Lutfur Rahman, Mayor Tower Hamlets
Maxine Peake, Actor
Mark Rylance, Actor
Russell Brand, Comedian
Shappi Khorsandi, Comedian
Rufus Hound, Comedian
Francesca Martinez, Comedian
Kate Smurthwaite, Comedian
Jolyon Rubinstein, The Revolution Will be Televised
Owen Jones, Guardian journalist & author
Ros Wynne-Jones, Mirror journalist
Peter Tatchall, Human Rights Campaigner
John Rees, Counterfire
Rob Griffiths & Liz Payne, Communist Party
Kate Hudson, Left Unity
Paul Mackney, Greece Solidarity Campaign
Wendy Savage, Keep our NHS Public
Prof Judith Heyer, Oxford
Prof Malcolm Sawyer, Leeds
Michael Burke, Economist
Dr Jo Michell Bristol
Dr Diego Sanchez-Ancochea
Prof Mary Mellor Northumbria
Prof Hugo Radice Leeds
Pat Devine Hon. Fellow Manchester
Prof George Irvin SOAS
Prof Grazia Ietto-Gillies South Bank
Prof Victoria Chick UCL
Dr Jeff Powell Greenwich
Paul Hudson, Economist
Dr Daniele Tori Greenwich
Mary-Ann Stephenson, Assoc Prof Warwick
Dr Mary-Ann Stephenson Warwick
Ozlem Onaran Professor Greenwich
Frances Stewart, professor Oxford

End Austerity Now | National Demonstration & Festival 

Just weeks after the General Election the People's Assembly is organising a major national demonstration to tell the new government: END AUSTERITY NOW

Assemble: 12pm, Saturday 20 June 
Bank of England (Queen Victoria Street) 
London (Tube: Bank)

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  • john hardman
    commented 2015-04-07 16:32:28 +0100
    fight this austerity .it is a lie and an insult. the torys have proven once again .the take from the poorest and give to rich. the economy is a lie,always has been. time to fight back. . water canons at the ready .
  • Richard Dennis
    commented 2015-03-26 12:59:55 +0000
    alright for some, rough for the rest
    Richard Dennis
  • Andrew Healey
    commented 2015-03-25 01:46:10 +0000
  • Dave Fellows
    commented 2015-03-24 19:01:21 +0000
    Let’s make it a huge Demo…and a one day General Strike..and then move to action that they can’t just ignore!!
  • Terence Flanagan
    commented 2015-03-24 14:56:00 +0000
    Another weekend demo grrr how about a one day general strike on a weekday??

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