This article by Luke James originally appeared in the Morning Star.
Plucky workers head up hundreds from across Yorkshire who will tell Nigel Farage where to go
DETERMINED Doncaster care workers will lead local people in a demonstration today to drive Ukip out of their town — and show Nigel Farage they’re the real “people’s army.”
The workers’ spirited 50-day strike against health privateer Care UK, which slashed their pay by half after bagging an NHS contract, has won them local hero status.
Now they are turning their fire on Mr Farage alongside hundreds more people who are determined to “Stand up to Ukip.”
They will be joined by Unite community members from across Yorkshire — who are bringing their infamous blow-up rat “Scabby.”
With trade union members from Sheffield and Barnsley also expected, Unite union organiser Joe Rollin said the protest would show that Yorkshire is solidly against Ukip.
“We feel it’s important to expose Ukip for being a radical Tory party,” he told the Star. “We don’t think they’re going to deliver any change for working class people.”
They will be joined on the demonstration at the doors of Doncaster Racecourse by a group of international students angry at being “scapegoated” for Britain’s problems.
National Union of Students international officer Shreya Paudel said: “I am going to the protest against Ukip in Doncaster to tell the party that their closed, xenophobic, inward looking, fearful vision for the UK is wrong.
“They cannot blame one of the most vulnerable groups in society for the systematic failures of the government in imposing austerity, and Ukip’s policies would offer nothing to solve the problems that we really face.”