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Marching for a Future That Works

6 November 2012

Hundreds of TSSA members joined the vast TUC-called demonstration on 20 October.

Demo overhead

The mass opposition to the Tory-led government’s damaging and un-just austerity programme included people from all walks of life, united in one simple message: ‘Austerity Isn’t Working’. Yet more TSSA members joined the simultaneous protests in Glasgow and Belfast. With around 400 members involved on this day, this was the biggest turnout of TSSA members on a demonstration in many years.

Branches and members from across England and Wales were present in London, with many joining in with our pre-Halloween theme of ‘Fight the Horror Cuts’ by dressing in a ghoulish fashion. As the scary music played from our sound system plenty of other marchers and passers-by wanted to take photos of our demonic ghost train. ‘Stop the horror of high fares’ and ‘Ghost stations coming to a platform near you’ were warnings that struck a chord with many.

The wider TSSA family was also there in force, with members’ partners, children, parents and pets all joining in.

Over 150,000 people joined the London demonstration. TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said the massive turnout showed how unpopular the coalition's policies were: ‘We are sending a very strong message that austerity is simply failing. The Government is making life desperately hard for millions of people because of pay cuts for workers, while the rich are given tax cuts.’

Whilst this particular demonstration may be over, the campaign needs to grow and grow. Plans are being developed for more actions in the new year, whilst many towns and cities have active anti-cuts coalitions organising regular local events.


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