Owen Jones to speak at first meeting tonight

Tim Lezard

Owen JonesIndependent columnist and occasional UnionNews contributor Owen Jones is to speak at the first meeting of Unite Community Portsmouth.

The meeting, at 7pm at Portsmouth Rail Social Club, Selbourne Terrace, has been backed by the city’s trades council. The group intends to organise residents across the city in support of initiatives aimed at combating the governments austerity measures.

Portsmouth TUC president Jon Woods said: “Unite is to be congratulated on the founding of the Portsmouth Community Branch. It will allow workers who are out of work to organise themselves, campaign and be part of the wider labour movement in Portsmouth.”

Both organisations have pledged support to today’s PCS strike.

Jon Woods said: “The Bedroom Tax and cuts to disability benefits are forcing more and more people into poverty and reliance on handouts from food banks. On Budget day, when George Osborne looks after the wealthy, I urge people to show support and solidarity with striking civil servants and come to the Unite meeting to plan resistance to the welfare cuts”


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Tim Lezard

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