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Mar
2014
Thursday 20th
posted by Joana Ramiro in Britain

Supporters of the People's Assembly Against Austerity took action in many town centres, rallying against the coalition's disastrous economic policies.


Scores of protests took place across Britain yesterday as George Osborne announced his Budget.

Supporters of the People's Assembly Against Austerity took action in many town centres, rallying against the coalition's disastrous economic policies.

"It's getting better for some at the top, while austerity and falling living standards remain for us at the bottom," said People's Assembly national secretary Sam Fairnbairn.

In Norwich activists asked workers on their lunch breaks what they would include in the Budget.

Norfolk's public services have been crippled, with millions of pounds worth of cuts pushed through in the last year.

Back in Westminster the People's Assembly handed Prime Minister David Cameron a petition for a People's Budget.

Signatories include Brighton MP Caroline Lucas, Unite policy director Steve Turner and journalist Owen Jones.

Trade unions also took to the streets to giving Mr Osborne an earful in protest at his rich man's Budget.

GMB and Unite marched outside of Parliament in the morning in defence of the NHS, demanding a fair pay deal for health workers and shouting "No to a bankers' Budget."

At the nearby Methodist Central Hall prison officers' union POA held a rally against the dire working conditions in Britain's jails, particularly the higher retirement age of 68.

Firefighters' union FBU leader Matt Wrack told the rally that his members stood in solidarity, facing their own fight against unsafe retirement ages and fending off an assault on their pensions.

Much like prison officers, Mr Wrack said that "no firefighter is prepared to see their pension robbed off them by this government.

"Austerity is about robbery, it's about the biggest robbery in modern history," Mr Wrack said as the crowd cheered.

Glenochil Prison POA branch secretary Gregor Meiklejohn, who came to London representing over 300 trade unionists from Scotland, told the Star that "each and every one of us will continue to fight.

"We don't have a choice."




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