Eleven general secretaries sign statement backing Labour leader’s anti-austerity policies

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at TUC Congress in Brighton, 2015 © Tim Lezard

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives at TUC Congress in Brighton, 2015 © Tim Lezard

Jeremy Corbyn is to speak at a union meeting in Manchester during the Tories’ annual conference in the city.

It is a show of strength for the new Labour leader who is effectively venturing into the lion’s den, as well as showing his solidarity with trade unions.

Corbyn will join CWU general secretary Dave Ward, Guardian columnist Owen Jones, Daily Mirror associate editor Kevin Maquire, Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, journalist Ellie Mae O’Hagan and campaigner Lindsey German at the CWU-orgainsed People’s Post event in Manchester Cathedral at 7pm on October 5th.

It comes a day after a TUC demonstration – Yes to workers’ rights, no to austerity – in the city.

People's Post CWUA CWU spokesperson said: “The People’s Post is a campaign to protect postal services. Regulation impacts on your jobs, terms and conditions. It is vital that we fill Manchester Cathedral in order to send the Government and OFCOM the strongest possible message.”

Tickets, available here, are free and issued on a first come, first served basis.

  • Meanwhile, trade union leaders have signed a Unite The Resistance statement defending Corbyn’s anti-austerity policies and his mandate to lead Labour.
  • The statement, which reads: “We call on all those both inside and outside the Labour Party who support the pro-union, anti-austerity, anti-racist and anti-war policies that Jeremy Corbyn has put forward to stand up to any attempts to undermine his democratic right to lead the Labour Party and the programme he has supported“, has been signed by PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey, BFAWU general secretary Ronnie Draper, FBU general secretary Matt Wrack, NUT general secretary Christine Blower, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis, NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet, CWU general secretary Dave Ward, UCU general secretary Sally Hunt and ATL general secretary Mary Bousted. 

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