“It is vital that the demonstration has an overwhelming presence on the streets, that it breaks through into the media, as the recent Palestine protests did, & impacts upon both the Government & the Labour leadership in their approach to opposition.”
By the Labour Assembly Against Austerity Team
Labour activists wanting to take the fight to the Tories are making plans to join as a bloc at the People’s Assembly Against Austerity national demonstration on 26 June.
The demonstration has been called by the People’s Assembly because the government has made it clear it wants working people to pay for the Coronavirus crisis.
Whether it is the insulting pay offer – an effective pay cut – to NHS staff, the public sector pay freeze, the refusal to deliver a living sick pay, or the continued growth of fire and rehire and the growing evidence of crony contracts funneling public money to friends of Conservative ministers, the government is cynically exploiting the crisis to make ordinary people pay. Recent Tory legislation including the Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill and the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill shows the authoritarian approach they are increasingly taking to policing protest.
Labour activists and voters want the Labour Party to be an effective opposition and to take the fight to the Tories on these issues and many more.
It is vital therefore that the demonstration has an overwhelming presence on the streets, that it breaks through into the media, as the recent Palestine protests did, and impacts upon both the Government and the Labour leadership in their approach to opposition.
The call for a Labour bloc on the demo has been initiated by the Labour Assembly Against Austerity – a network and platform started by Labour members in support of the People’s Assembly 2013.
The bloc has already gained the support of a number of Labour left organisations, including Arise, Red Labour, CLPD and Labour CND, and Labour left social media communities such as Socialist Telly, and more are joining each week.
Bringing Labour activists together on the day will be another example of us showing that the Labour Left is here to stay, and is determined to fight back together.
We will be inviting People’s Assembly to join us on the day and look forward to seeing you there!
- Join the facebook event and invite your friends to join it too
- Speak to your CLP activists and make plans to travel down on 26 June
- Dust off your CLP and branch banners and bring them with you
- Join us from 11.00am on the day on the corner of Portland Place and Duchess St for a photo
- Volunteer to help distribute Labour Outlook news sheets on the day – please email email@example.com if you can help.