On Saturday 20th October 2012, hundreds of thousands of trade unionists and their supporters marched against the ConDem government's austerity measures that are crippling this country's chances of economic recovery.
WHY WE MARCHED
Austerity isn’t working
Our country faces long-term economic problems. But our political leaders have failed to face up to them.
For the next five years or more, unless policies change the economy will not grow, incomes will not rise, and there will be almost no new jobs.
If the government keeps on with big spending cuts and austerity we face a lost decade. Even on their own terms government policies are failing. To close the deficit we need a healthy growing economy that generates tax income. But austerity has led to a vicious circle of decline.
Instead of just letting the banks go back to business and bonuses as usual, we need policies that promote new and old industries.
This new approach would create jobs, especially for young people.
It would encourage companies to raise average pay, penalise big bonuses and invest in training and new industries. It would crack down on tax evasion by big companies and the super-rich. It tackle the growing inequality between the super-rich and everyone else.
Rather than deep, rapid spending cuts, we need to reverse our decline and build an economy that works for ordinary families.
We need a future that works. Will you join us?
WHAT SUSSEX PARTNERSHIP BRANCH IS DOING
On the 20th October, Branch took over a train carriage and brought over 50 members and supporters to the TUC mass demonstration in London to show this government that their austerity agenda is standing in the way of delivering the jobs and growth that this country needs.
UNISON believes that investing in good public services that save, protect and enrich lives will boost our economy and strengthen our communities.
David Cameron talks about the Big Society.
UNISON at 1.3 million members is the Big Society.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
To find out more about the continuing campaign go to http://afuturethatworks.org/ or talk to your local steward or branch officer.
UNISON Branch Communications Officer