‘Major’ march against cuts

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A LEADING Wigan trade unionist is urging mass support for Saturday’s town centre ‘March Against The Cuts’.

Organisers Wigan Trades Council are hoping hundreds or members will join the demonstration set to leave Upper Morris Street Club in Scholes at 1pm before a parade up Standishgate and back.

It could be the biggest political demonstration in Wigan since the march in support of the borough’s striking miners in 1984.

The event will conclude with a rally including a number of union and activist speakers inside the club at 2pm.

Today Senior Unison Shop Steward Dave Lowe said that they believed that the demonstration this weekend would be important in building resistance” to the cuts being imposed by the Tory/ Lib Dem Coalition Government.

A mental health social worker, he said: “It will give an opportunity to public and sector workers to publicly express their anger at the government’s policies that can only end in wrecked lives.

“In addition we our expecting students from Wigan an Leigh College.

“We hope that they will bring some of the spirit and enthusiasm from the recent demonstrations and occupations. Students have been at the fore front of the struggle against the government over tuition fees and the educational maintenance allowance (EMA).

“They recognise that workers and students have to unite and fight if we are to smash the government’s plans.”

Mr Lowe said that ultimately, the demonstration will act as a spring board to build for the national demonstration against the cuts called by the national Trades Union Congress on March 26.

Union branches and their supporters are being asked by Wigan Trades Union Council to assemble at the club for 12.30am.

Organisers hope hundreds of local government workers and health workers will support the event.

Around 800 redundancies are expected at Wigan Council over the next three years because of £50m cuts while 350 Wigan hospital jobs also face the axe.

Secretary of Wigan TUC, Terry Abbott said: “We are calling on trade unions and the community to unite against the cuts this weekend. Bring your banners and bring your families and lets show that we are not going to accept this lying down.”

“Wigan TUC are calling for an end to cuts to public services or further privatisation, which will wreck the economy.”