TUC warns UK against return to 80s
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said the country could turn to a meaner, nastier place than the dark and divisive days of the 1980s, unless the government revises its policy of savage cuts, the daily Mirror reported.
Barber compared the coalition government with the Thatcher government of the 80s, and said it is vital, as many people as possible take part in Saturday’s March for an Alternative, to clearly show their anger and opposition to the government policies.
It is expected that more than 100,000 people attend the TUC-organized anti-cuts rallies in London on Saturday March 26.
“This marks a really new phase in the whole of this Parliament and is potentially of realpolitical significance,” Barber added.
“It will be the British people not just trade union members, but people who use services, rely on services, people in voluntary groups and community groups looking for a way of expressing their anger and opposition,” the TUC general secretary went on to say.
“They [the cuts] are hitting the poorest and weakest hardest and we need to send a message that the British people oppose what they are doing and they need to change course,” Barber noted.
Barber also warned the government the Saturday march was the start of a summer of protests.
“Local groups have started to work together as they see the implications, whether it’s libraries or services that support old people or facilities for young people. And after March 26 this campaign isn’t going to be going away. We are going to be putting pressure on MPs, particularly Coalition MPs in their constituencies.”