200,000 expected to march against cuts

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  • Britain is bracing itself for more crippling strikes tomorrow as protesters demonstrate the anger felt by millions of hardworking families towards the Government’s cuts

    Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s strikes, Union leader Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, says the painful impact on people’s lives of everything from unemployment to pay cuts and changes in working conditions means many are surviving, not living.

    The march in London is due to attract more than 200,000 people, but Mr McCluskey warns this is just the tip of the iceberg. ‘I don’t believe we should rule anything in or anything out,’ he says.

    The Union leader expects Liberal Democrat supporters to be among the masses tomorrow as they are appalled at what is being done in their name. He says: ‘The anger felt by millions of ordinary working people is real because they want an alternative to what is happening to jobs and services.’

    He warned: ‘When working people come together, anything is possible,’ as policefear violent splinter groups will make attempts to hijack Saturday’s March for the Alternative, which will culminate in a rally in Hyde Park.

    Anti-cuts march in London

    The Royal College of Midwives say its member will carry baby-shaped balloons, while the Royal College of Nursing said many nurses and healthcare assistants will be taking part as well as social workers and teaching assistants.

    The TUC say the purpose of the march is to give a voice to those affected by the cuts and to show the governmentthat the raid cuts proposed by the coalition are not the best way to deal with the recession and deficit.

    Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, says: ‘Tens of thousands of dedicated public service workers will vote with their feet, marching with family and friends to show their support for an alternative economic approach.’

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