Unions to demonstrate against government’s austerity agenda and attacks on trade unions

TUC demonstration in London, September 2015

TUC demonstration in London, September 2015

The TUC is to organise a national demonstration in Manchester this autumn against the government’s austerity agenda and attacks on trade unions.

It will take place on Sunday 4 October and will begin with a march through central Manchester, culminating in a rally close to the Conservative Party Conference.

Workers and community organisations from across the country will join the demonstration, which will be the first the TUC has organised since the Conservative government came to power.

Further details on the march route, speakers and timings will be published in the coming weeks.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This October’s march and rally will allow thousands of ordinary people to show the government exactly what they think of their policies.

“The Conservatives’ planned attack on trade unions and extreme cuts are an assault on working people at a time when they should be focused on securing the UK’s fragile recovery and creating better jobs to boost productivity.”

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