PEOPLES ASSEMBLY NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION 20th JUNE, BANK TUBE, LONDON (12.00)

With a Tory majority in Government it’s quickly becoming clear that we are going to be in the fight of our lives to defend the social fabric of our country; our NHS, welfare state, public services, our trade union organisation and our rights to strike, demonstrate and protest. THESE ATTACKS MUST BE RESISTED!

Many are already organising to show the Tories they won’t be allowed to impose their destructive, ideological and unnecessary cuts on our communities and destroy our public services and welfare state. We have to stand up, proudly and defiantly to resist their attacks on our basic freedoms, such as the right to strike and freedom of speech.

In the days after the election, from Cardiff to Camden, Bristol to Manchester, Norwich to Newcastle we have seen street protests, organising meetings and massive mobilisations in support of the national demo.

Over 54,000 people have already pledged to join us in the heart of the City of London to tell the very richest that the majority will not be made to pay for the legacy of an economic collapse they did not cause. The Tories only got 37% of the vote (just 24% of the electorate), they have no mandate to cut, slash and burn all we hold dear.

We can AND MUST make this demonstration huge.

It’s going to take all of us STANDING TOGETHER WITH OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR FAMILIES TO SEND THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE MESSAGE THAT WE WILL NOT STAND ASIDE!

Unite is a core supporter and founding member of The People’s Assembly and our regions have been asked to make arrangements for transport on the day (the Scottish People’s Assembly is organising its own demonstration). Coaches and train carriages are being booked for the day and it’s really important that workplace reps and activists are on them with flags and banners! We’re in the process of putting a designated coordinator for the day into each region, check the Unite website for further details (www.unitetheunion.org/20june)

  • Branches, reps and activists should use the 20th June demonstration as an opportunity to speak to as many members as possible about resisting the attacks on their unions and communities. Organise meetings and link up with other branches, your local trades council and People’s Assembly groups to book your transport and ensure you bring as many members as possible with you on the day. Family members are of course welcome. Use leaflets and posters to publicise the event in your workplace and sign up to join the the UniteBloc on the demo on Facebook (unitetheunion1)
  • If you are not already involved get involved – contact your local People’s Assembly group and affiliate your branch. They will be organising actions, street stalls and leafleting sessions in local communities that Unite members can be part of. You can get their contact details here: http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/local-groups.

In solidarity

Steve Turner
Assistant General Secretary and National Chair of The People’s Assembly