150,000 people came to London on 20 October 2012 to participate in union-organized actions against austerity imposed by the government.
As part of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) organized campaign against austerity, more than 150,000 people came to London to rally for A Future That Works calling for an end to the government's programme of damaging and self-defeating austerity. Thousands more marched in Glasgow and Belfast.
Time and again the participating unions, including IndustriALL Global Union UK affiliate Unite, claim the austerity measures are the worst possible response of the government towards the crisis and are paving a dire future for ordinary people.
Speaking to the participants of the march Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey said that with living standards already crumbling people simply will not be able to cope with further punishment from the government. The unions in the UK are concerned by the fact that some 90 per cent of cuts have yet to be imposed by the ruling coalition.
“People are already borrowing hundreds of pounds to get by each month. We know – and the government knows full well – that millions of low waged workers are just about keeping their heads above water,” said McCluskey.
He continued, “There is not a shred of economic evidence to support this austerity addiction but plenty to warn about the dire outcomes for ordinary people. Failure to think again is not just heartless, but a senseless assault on our country’s stability.”