Union-led rallies calling for 'a future that works'

By staff writers
20 Oct 2012

A major match and rally in London, alongside protests in Glasgow and Belfast, will take place today to call for an end to austerity economics in Britain and across Europe.

Speaking at the rally at the end of the TUC's 'A Future That Works' event in central London, outgoing Trades Union Congress (TUC) General Secretary Brendan Barber will say: "We have a stark and united message for the government.

"Austerity isn't working. It is hitting our jobs, our services, our living standards. It is hammering the poorest and the most vulnerable. And austerity is failing even on its own terms, for this is a government of broken promises."

He will continue: "Ministers told us that if we only accept the pain, recovery would come. Instead we have been mired in a double dip recession. They told us if we only accepted the cuts, our deficit would come down. Instead our borrowing is going through the roof.

"The biggest lie of them all was the cynical double talk that 'we are all in this together' . The grim reality has been tax cuts for the richest with wage and benefit cuts for the poorest.

"Who can ever believe this shambolic, make-it-up-as-you-go-along government? They have done so many spins and u-turns they would get 10 out of 10 from the judges of Strictly Come Dancing.

"NHS safe in their hands? Not on your life. Recovery just around the corner - you must be joking. A strategy for growth - nowhere to be seen. 'It's time for change - for a future that puts people back to work, gets our economy moving and tax revenues flowing.

"Those with the broadest shoulders should pay their fair share, including all the corporate tax dodgers ripping off Britain.

"One thing's for sure. Cuts, privatisation and attacks on employment rights are not the answer. They are the road to nowhere. So we have to make a choice. Between a future of growing inequality, or a future of fairness. Between a future of lengthy dole queues and millions stuck in dead-end poverty jobs, or decent work with opportunities for our young people. Between a future of economic stagnation and despair, or a future of hope and real recovery.

"Our choice is clear - today, we demand a future that works," Mr Barber will conclude.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people are mobilising for the marches and rallies across Britain this morning.

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