Hundreds protested in central London last night, Wednesday, against Tory chancellor George Osborne and his latest round of cuts.
The protesters gathered outside King’s College London for a demo called by the UCU union’s London branch. They then marched to a Unite the Resistance rally outside Downing Street.
Labour MP John McDonnell told the rally, “What Osborne did today was cut another £4 billion off welfare benefits while giving a tax break to the richest. We’ve got to stand up and start fighting back.”
New Green Party leader Natalie Bennett added, “We need a different direction. There is an alternative. Let’s stick together and fight together.”
Kelly Jameson, a teacher and NUT member, said she had come to the protest after seeing Osborne’s new attacks on teachers.
She told Socialist Worker, “They’re cutting our pay. And it’s not just teachers—if they get away with it, they’ll do it everywhere. We all need to fight back together now.”
The sentiment was echoed by activists from different strikes and campaigns who spoke at the rally.
A worker at Amnesty International involved with the strike there said, “If it can happen at Amnesty it can happen anywhere. The national leaderships of our unions need to catch up.”
Victoria, a nurse at the threatened Lewisham hospital, called for support for an all-London NHS demonstration planned for January. And Rosie from UK Uncut told the crowd about the group’s protests targeting Starbucks this Saturday.
Paul from the Connaught School strike in east London spoke of how he had been inspired by union members’ bravery. “We’ve resisted everything our school’s thrown at us,” he said. “We’re taking the fight to them.”
Unite the Resistance plans to lobby the TUC next Tuesday morning to call for a general strike. Assemble at 8.30am outside Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS