Dear anti-cuts campaigners
With the impact of austerity measures being felt across Britain as well as across Europe, I hope you will agree that the call by the TUC for a demonstration For a Future that Works on Saturday 20 October will be a hugely important event that you will want to support.
All of us in Southwark who were involved in the build-up to the last TUC demonstration on 26 March last year will recall that the half-million who took to the streets on that day were mobilised by weeks of concerted activity in every locality across Britain, including here in South London. We collaborated with other boroughs to help build a feeder march on the day numbering some thousands, marching from Kennington Park to the main demonstration. The following months then saw an escalation of strikes against the Government’s attach on pensions which, many would argue, were launched because of the enthusiasm and confidence generated by the 26 March demonstration.
Last month, we met in Brixton to start this process of mobilising for hopefully a million demonstrators on London streets on 20 October. The meeting was attended by representatives of many local organisations and together, we are inviting you to the next mobilising meeting at:
This coming Thursday, 23rd August
At The Vida Walsh Centre, Saltoun Road, SW2 1EP (two minutes’ walk from the Town Hall and Ritzy Cinema)
· Come yourself, or send a delegate to the meeting
· Forward information about the meeting to all your members, as well as other groups/branches with whom your organisation is in contact
· Reply to this letter, to let us know if you will be able to attend
Yours in solidarity
On behalf of
Nick Phillips* (Chair, Southwark Trades Council), Frank Wood (UNITE NEC, King’s College Hosp.) Gareth Page (UNITE rep, Guy’s Hospital), April Ashley (Assist. Sec. Southwark UNISON), Adrian Budd (Chair, LSBU UCU), Danny Johnson (UNITE rep, Walworth Bus Garage), Mustafa (UNITE rep, Battersea/Queenstown Bus Garage), Chris Kelly* (Sec, Save Our Services Southwark), Mandy Brown (UCU Rep, Lambeth College), Sara Tomlinson (Joint Sec. Lambeth NUT), Steve Hack (Sec, Lambeth Defend Council Housing), Tim O’Dell, UNISON rep, Lambeth Libraries. Lambeth NUT Executive Committee*, Belinda Washington (Vice Chair, Vassall Ward Labour Party). Denise Nicholls* (Sec. Southwark Pensioners Action Group), Betty Joseph, Michael Davern (Joint Secs, Southwark NUT), Nicola Field (Sec. Save Southwark Adult Education Campaign), All the above except those marked with * sign in their personal capacity