The TUC have backed the marches at the Liberal Democrat conference, in Birmingham on 18th September, and the Tory party conference in Manchester on 2nd October.
They will be promoting them under the banners of March for the Alternative 2 & 3.
With the support not just of regional TUC, but also nationally, this should make these marches even bigger than expected. The TUC mobilised nationally for March 26th and got 500,000 people on the streets of London. These events will give a chance for people who were unable to travel down to London the opportunity to demonstrate against the coalition in areas closer to them. We also hope that many people will travel from around the country to each of these demonstrations.
Right to Work are organising coaches, and we are sure that unions will get on board now and run coaches from their areas, and we will be running coaches up to Manchester along with local unions.
The demonstration in Birmingham is building nicely, and there are many events and meetings coming up to ensure that this is as big as possible. Many more things will be added to this, including leafletting campaigns so keep an eye on our upcoming events page.
6th August: 11:00-12:30, planning meeting – Unison Offices, 19th Floor McClaren Tower, Priory Queensway, B4 7nn – everyone welcome to attned
1pm – 3pm, Stalls & leafletting in Birmingham City Centre – many campaign groups and unions will have stalls along New Street/High Street – Facebook event, please let us know if you can help.
15th August – 6:30pm, planning meeting at the CWU building (sorry, I still need to get the address!), Birmingham. All welcome to attend.
8th September – provisional date for a public meeting to build for the demonstration
10th/11th September – Stalls & Leafletting at Arts Fest
12th-16th September – Leafletting at train stations/bus stops – details to be arranged
17th September – Chainmakers Festival (not related but hopefully will serve as a timely reminder of what unions can achieve when they put their minds to it)
18th September – the demonstration! Assembling at 12noon, final assembly point / march route and rally point to be decided.