People’s Assembly Against Austerity 22 June 2013

People’s Assembly Against Austerity

013, 9:30am – 5pm,
Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, London, SW1H 9NH | 07872 481769 | Click here to register

Launched with a letter in today’s Guardian, 55 trade union general secretaries, MPs, campaigners, and cultural figures have put out a call for a People’s Assembly Against Austerity.

The assembly aims to “play a key role in ensuring that this uncaring government faces a movement of opposition broad enough and powerful enough to generate successful co-ordinated action, including strike action.” See the full text of the letter here.

The letter is signed by:
Tony Benn President, Coalition of ResistanceLen McCluskey General secretary, Unite the UnionMark Serwotka General secretary, PCSChristine Blower General secretary, NUTMichelle Stanistreet General secretary, NUJManuel Cortez General secretary, TSSA; Billy Hayes General secretary, CWUBob CrowGeneral secretary, RMT; Mick Whelan General secretary, AslefKevin Courtney Deputy general secretary, NUTPaul Mackney Former general secretary Natfhe (now UCU)Vicky Baars NUS union development;Kevin Donnelly Trade Union Council JCCCaroline Lucas MPKaty Clark MPJeremy Corbyn MPJohn McDonnell MPMurad Qureshi London assembly memberDawn Butler Former Labour minister for young citizens and youth engagementTariq Ali AuthorJohn Pilger JournalistKen Loach FilmmakerOwen JonesWriterJames Meadway Senior economist, New Economics FoundationWendy Savage & John Lipetz Keep our NHS PublicJohn Hendy QC Co-chair, People’s CharterJohn Hilary Director, War on WantSam Fairbairn National secretary, Coalition of ResistanceImran Khan Solicitor, co-chair, People’s Charter;Rachael Newton People’s CharterRomayne Phoenix Chair, Coalition of ResistanceZita Holbourne Co-chair, Black activists rising against the cutsClare Solomon Vice-chair, Coalition of ResistanceAndrew Burgin Vice-chair, Coalition of ResistanceColin Hampton Co-ordinator, National Unemployed Workers Centres CombineAnita Wright Secretary, National Association of WomenJoginder Bains Association of Indian WomenShang Gahonia Indian Workers AssociationCarolin Jones Director, Institute of Employment RightsLindsey German Convenor, Stop the War CoalitionKate Hudson General secretary, CNDBruce Kent Peace campaignerLee Hall PlaywrightRoger Lloyd Pack ActorJosie Long ComedianIain BanksAuthorArthur Smith ComedianRoy Bailey Folk singerFrancesca Martinez ComedianJohn ReesCounterfire editorial boardNatalie Bennett Leader of the Green Party England and WalesFred LeplatSocialist ResistanceRobert Griffiths General secretary, Communist Party of BritainBill Greenshields Chair, Communist Party of BritainRichard Bagley Editor, Morning Star

Here’s how you can help:

  • Register for the event: click here.
  • Post the Guardian letter on Facebook, tweet it and circulate it around any social media sites and any email lists you may have.
  • Take a copy of this model motion to any trade union, student union or campaign group that may be interested in supporting the Assembly and pledging to send delegates to it.
  • Add your name, your union branch or organisation to the growing list of supporters on our website here.
  • Contact any people who might support the Assembly and send them a copy of the motion asking them to try and pass it in their union branch or organisation.
  • Make sure someone from your group/area attends the Coalition of Resistance National Council meeting this Sunday 10 February, 12-4pm, Unite offices, Theobald’s Rd, London WC1. Contact for more information.

3 thoughts on “People’s Assembly Against Austerity 22 June 2013

  1. Jerry Spring says:

    Left Labour UK and the tailists of the CPB etc, etc, are trying to help out desperate Ed through the Coalition of Resistance, by launching yet more attacks on the traditional, Tory class enemy.

    Poor things. They still can’t accept that three decades of its neoliberalism is the culmination of Labour’s evolution, that there is no going back and there is no going forward for any of them.


  2. InI says:

    And why wait until June? It all seems to be a sluggish, knee-jerk reaction, ages after the fact and not much more than a symbolic show of ‘resistance’.


  3. Jerry Spring says:

    In a call of less than 200 words and not a squeak about Milliband’s support for austerity, we get “renewed attack by the government” – “with the government lengthening the time they expect cuts to last” – “trade unionists in a movement for social justice” – “strategy for resistance to mobilise millions of people against the ConDem government” and, last but not least, “this uncaring government”.

    I’ve had plenty of stuff like this thrown at me since I first supported Labour in 1945, so please excuse me if I think a better title would be:

    People’s Assembly for a Labour Government


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