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Coalition of Resistance — petition against austerity

The following message from the Coalition of Resistance was received earlier today:

People’s Petition Against Austerity – Sign now

The Coalition of Resistance has launched this petition along with the list of initial signatories in a letter to the Guardian on 18 October. It will be handed in to Downing Street in June 2013 when we will be hosting a People’s Assembly Against Austerity. Full details to come soon. Please ask everyone to sign.

“The failed policies of the politicians and the bankers caused the financial crisis. Spending cuts are driving us into poverty. An economic alternative is essential to protect ordinary people, and to save the NHS and welfare state.

The government should:

1) Stop cuts and halt privatisation;

2) Tax the millionaires and big business;

3) Drop the debt, and put the banks under democratic control;

4) Invest in jobs, homes, public services and the environment.”

Click here to download a printable version for street stalls, to take around your workplace, friends family etc.

Initial Signatories:

Tony Benn
Len McCluskey, General Secretary Unite the Union
Iain Banks, author
Caroline Lucas MP
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Owen Jones, author and journalist
Sam Fairbairn, National Secretary Coalition of Resistance
Christine Blower, General Secretary NUT
John McDonnell MP
Ken Loach, film director
Mark Serwotka, General Secretary PCS
Josie Long, comedian
Lindsey German, Stop the War Coalition
Roger Lloyd-Pack, actor
Kate Hudson, CND
Katy Clark MP
Costas Lapavitsas, professor of economics at SOAS
Manuel Cortes, General Secretary TSSA
Romayne Phoenix, Chair Coalition of Resistance
Paul Mackney, Former General Secretary of UCU and Vice Chair Coalition of Resistance
Clare Solomon, Vice Chair Coalition of Resistance
Natalie Bennett, leader of Green Party England and Wales
James Meadway, senior economist New Economics Foundation

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London anti-cuts demo & conference Oct 20th–21st: latest update

The following message from the Coalition of Resistance was received earlier today:

Volunteers needed for the day — 9am @ Temple & Embankment

Hundreds of thousands will demonstrate in Central London this Saturday against the cuts and in defence of the welfare state.

It’s set to be one of the biggest demonstrations in recent times.

The size of the demo is only restricted by how many people know about it, let’s make sure we go all out in the last 3 days to get as many people as possible there.

Publicity for the demonstration can be picked up from Housmans bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London N1 or from Firebox, 106-108 Cromer Street, London WC1H 8BZ

Join the Coalition of Resistance team on October 20th – More volunteers needed

Coalition of Resistance is producing thousands of placards and a four page broadsheet to give out for free on the demonstration. We need hundreds of people to help on the day – please ask friends, workmates, family if they can help too.

We will have two main meet up points at 9am – Embankment Tube and Temple Tube. If your coming from outside London and can help when your transport arrives please also let us know.

If you can help please phone / text Sam on 07872481769 or email coalitionofresistance@mail.com

We also need help everyday this week in our office and making placards. Get in touch if you can help.

We have organised a social event for our volunteers and for the international delegates on the eve of the demonstration from 6pm onwards with acclaimed singer-songwriter Sean Taylor playing from his new album “Love Against Death”.

Coalition of Resistance Broadsheet
The Coalition of Resistance broadsheet leads with Tony Benn and has statements from Len McCluskey (Unite), Frances O’Grady (TUC) and Natalie Bennett (new leader of the Green Party). It puts a clear argument for No Cuts and what people can do next.

Transport:

A website that lists all of the transport available from different parts of the country is here: falseeconomy.org.uk/travel/uk/all/t1

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Europe Against Austerity Action Conference

Sunday 21 October, 11am – 4:30pm

Coalition of Resistance has invited delegates from across Europe to come to London for the demonstration and is organising a Europe Against Austerity Action Conference the following day.

Delegates are coming from Syriza, Front de Gauche, European Left Party, Die Linke, Belgium, Sweeden, Portugal and many more to take part.

This event will be live-streamed from our website.

We have invited delegates from UK based organisations to attend the conference and it is almost full.

If you’d like to attend as a delegate please email coalitionofresistance@mail.com.

Registration is required.

Click here to see agenda

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October 20th London anti-cuts demonstration: can you help?

The following message from the Coalition of Resistance was received earlier today:

Coalition of Resistance is working for the biggest possible turn out on the TUC’s ‘a future that works’ demonstration. Hundreds of coaches have been booked from across the country and even some trains. Click here to see transport details.

Our simple ‘No Cuts’ message is one which is more important than ever — more than 80% of planned cuts are yet to come. The demonstration will be our chance to show that despite all the propaganda from the government and the media, cuts are not necessary.

How can you help?

Building the demonstration:
Click here for some suggestions about how you can spread the word as widely as possible about the demo.

Click here to order Coalition of Resistance leaflets, posters and stickers publicising the demo.

Preparations for the demo:
We are producing thousands of ‘No Cuts’ placards and a four page ‘demo special’ broadsheet with articles from leading figures in the movement about the alternatives to austerity.

We are going to need a big team of people to help distribute these throughout the demo and to help make up the placards in the week before.

Call for volunteers
We need hundreds of volunteers to help out on the day and in the run up to the demo.

If you can join the Coalition of Resistance team, please email coalitionofresistance@mail.com or phone Sam on 07872 481769.

We are organising an activist meeting to go through the plans for the day and to discuss what we can do in the last few days to maximise turn-out for the demo. Please do bring people along:

Coalition of Resistance Activist Meeting: Can you help for 20 October demo?

6:30pm, Wednesday 10 October

Room G2, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG

Please confirm and invite your friends on Facebook

Transport:

A website that lists all of the transport available from different parts of the country is here: falseeconomy.org.uk/travel/uk/all/t1

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threat to unions as Coalition drop their liberal disguise

Addressing delegates at the GMB union’s conference in Brighton, the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, was booed and heckled after he threatened that any kind of coordinated strike action against the government’s economic plan may lead to tougher union laws:

“We are undoubtedly entering a difficult period. Cool heads will be required all round. Despite occasional blips, I know that strike levels remain historically low, especially in the private sector.

“On that basis, and assuming this pattern continues, the case for changing strike law is not compelling.

“However, should the position change, and should strikes impose serious damage to our economic and social fabric, the pressure on us to act would ratchet up.

“That is something which both you, and certainly I, would want to avoid,” he said to loud jeers from the audience, at which point the GMB president Mary Turner had to intervene saying, “You may not like what you are hearing, any more than I do, but please listen.”

In response to Cable’s speech, Len McCluskey, general secretary of the UK’s largest union Unite, said Mr Cable ought to be ashamed:

“How can a professed liberal seek to crack down on human rights?”

The GMB’s Paul Kenny made a comparison with government response to events abroad, accusing Cable of double standards:

“Government ministers come onto the TV and the media, saying it’s ok to have protests and strikes in Egypt but when it comes to workers’ protests in this country we think we should legislate them out of business,”

“It’s double standards. They wouldn’t apply the same rules they’re talking about applying for trade union ballots as they would do in electing MPs, or even the recent AV referendum,” he added.

Sarah Veale, the TUC’s head of equalities and employment rights, pointed to the inconsistency with regards to the government’s stated commitment of protecting civil liberties:

“The UK already has some of the toughest strike legislation in the developed world so there is no justification for further curbs, as the minister himself acknowledges.

“Restricting the right to withhold labour would also be completely at odds with the coalition’s commitment to civil liberties.

“Disputes are always better settled through negotiation with unions, rather than veiled threats to rig the law in the employers’ favour.”

Meanwhile, at a regular daily media briefing, the PM’s spokesman said:

“The position remains the same, which is that we don’t have any current proposals to amend strike laws, but [the Prime Minister] has said in the past that he is happy to look at the argument.

As the Business Secretary has been saying this morning, despite occasional blips strike levels in this country remain historically low.

As he says, at the moment the case for changing strike law is not compelling. Clearly it is something we keep under review, and if the position were to change and we were to see a wave of irresponsible strikes, that is something we would want to look at very carefully.”

This threat to the unions is actually loud and clear: the government saying that if you don’t behave yourselves, then we’ll restrict your freedoms. It’s a warning that any toddler can understand. If it is veiled, then it is only to the extent that any new measures will be brought in as a reaction against “irresponsible strikes”. Given the current situation, however, any major industrial action within the next five years (at the very least) will undoubtedly be deemed “irresponsible”. So in effect then, the government’s message to the trade unions is simply to shut up and go away —or else! Which aside from being arrogant and controlling, also reveals a little more of the Coalition’s real agenda, which differs from the Tory’s old agenda only in severity, whilst proving yet again, that we’re really not all in this together.

The article is based on reports taken from yesterday’s BBC News and The Telegraph.

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