“We will stand together, we will fight back, and we will say ‘we’re not having it’, ” John Sharman, UNISON branch secretary for Lincolnshire, declares to a public meeting about the government’s cuts.
The Lincoln Trades Council held the meeting on October 20th — the day George Osborne, chancellor of the exchequer, announced the biggest set of public-sector cuts Britain’s ever faced.
Over 40 people with a variety of ages, backgrounds, and political views attended to share their input, ideas and thoughts.
On Saturday, October 23rd, residents across Lincoln will turn out en masse and march from the top of the hill, at Castle Square, to Speaker’s Corner in the High Street in the first step towards fighting government cuts.
An assortment of Lincolnians, from students, to workers, parents, and pensioners, are uniting against the severe budget cuts that were declared by the government under its Comprehensive Spending Review on Wednesday, October 20th.
Robert Parker, leader of the Labour Party in Lincolnshire County Council, said: “The Conservatives are not bothered about ordinary people… this is an idealogical attack.” Elaine Smith, a retired UNISON member who cares for her elderly mother, said: “[The government’s] aim is nothing shorter than the slaughter of the welfare state.”
The government made cuts of £81billion from public spending, revealed plans to make 490,000 public-sector workers redundant nationwide, and declared a rise of 3% above inflation for rail fares, amongst other major moves.
Dave Tompkins, a private-sector worker, spoke about how public-sector cuts would also bring chaos to the private-sector: “As soon as you get job cuts in the public-sector, you start to get them in the private-sector.”
Gavin Graham, UNSION assistant branch secretary for Lincolnshire, placed blame with all three major parties, saying they “are pissing in the same pot”. John Andrews, a representative for the PCS, said: “Our argument needs to be logical, not just ideological.”
“The government is scared of one thing only — losing their jobs. That’s the only job security they care about,” he said.
“It’s time we stood up and challenge them,” John Sharman said. Others echoed this statement. Jo Sams, president of the Socialist Students Lincoln, said: “I think it’s really important students and workers fight this together.” Rich Banks, the vice-president of the Lincoln Trades Council said: “Let’s show this government and this council that we’re not happy.”
If you wish to take part, gathering for the march begins at 12noon on Castle Square, and the rally will be held at 1pm at Speaker’s Corner.Tweet