March for the Alternative!
THE NUJ is supporting the Trades Union Congress March for the Alternative: Jobs, Growth and Justice on 26 March. General Secretary Jeremy Dear is widely expected to be a speaker. It promises to be huge - possibly a million or more.
"We hope we can count on the support of all union members as the movement unites to challenge the government's proposals," says Gerry Morrissey, general secretary of our sister union BECTU: "The planned cutbacks threaten the employment of some
500,000 people and the whole country faces a decline in essential services. The government has to be made to recognise that real alternatives exist to the misery it is currently intent on creating."
NUJ members will be supporting the London march to Hyde Park, gathering at the Federation of Entertainment Unions London meet-up from 11am in Embankment Gardens by Savoy Place, close to Embankment underground station: check back at here for updates.
www.marchforthealternative.org.uk for materials to help publicise the event - including the TUC's new Cuts are not the cure pamphlet which argues that the government's decision to close the deficit in just four years and to do so by cutting four pounds in spending for every pound raised in tax are political choices, not put to voters at the last election, rather than economic necessity.
- The Belfast march begins at the Art College in Donegal Street at 12.30 pm on Saturday March 26, with a rally at City Hall.