Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Hull Greens join Anti-Cuts Rally

Last Wednesday’s announcement of major cuts costing half a million public sector jobs was pre-empted at noon by a rally in Hull of unionists, workers and activists.

Martin Deane, Chair of Hull and East Riding Green Party, says,

“People are completely fed up with this ConDem government, after only 5 months in power.

“We are disgusted by the cuts - the huge job losses, the attack on the public sector, on students and tuition fees - on top of the previous bailouts to the banks and the refusal to tax the wealthy in this country in an appropriate way.

On Thursday there were about 70 people gathered at the Guildhall to lobby the council to protect jobs in the city. A dozen Hull unions were represented.

“George Osborne has promised half a million people in the public sector will be put out of work. With the knock-on effect this will have in the private sector, this could be the budget that destroyed a million jobs.

“This budget is socially devastating and economically illiterate - this will probably increase the deficit as we throw people out of work, pay their benefits, pay their redundancies and so on.

“There is a better way! Why not look at tackling tax evasion and tax avoidance? There are billions of pounds lost through that every single year. Why not look at National Insurance? Changes here could raise many billions with very little pain.

“Find money like that and actually invest it in jobs. The way out of this deficit is through jobs.”

Workers, unionists and campaigners will be protesting in cities around the region tomorrow (23 Oct). A major demonstration will be held in Sheffield city centre at noon.

The next Hull demonstration will be by the National Union of Students (NUS) on Wednesday 3rd November, at noon in Queen Victoria Square.

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