Mark Serwotka to address Bristol anti-cuts rally

04 Jul 2017

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka will call for communities to unite together to bring an end to the Tories’ discredited austerity agenda at a public anti-cuts meeting in Bristol tomorrow (5 July).

The event follows a major national demonstration in London on Saturday which saw tens of thousands of campaigners take to the streets in London.

Mark will highlight that government cuts to public services and pay have been hugely damaging for the vast majority of people. He will call for an alternative that provides proper investment in public services, jobs and living standards for all, and for the 1% public sector pay cap to be lifted and for all public servants to be given pay rises.

The meeting will take place at Bristol’s iconic Malcolm X Community Centre, and funds will be raised for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Failed austerity

Ahead of the meeting Mark said: “The general election result shows there is huge enthusiasm for an alternative to the Conservatives’ divisive and failed austerity agenda, and Theresa May now has no mandate to continue with these policies.

“The Tories have taken power away from local people, making it harder to challenge the decisions, whether that relates to a sanction on their social security payment or to ensure their home is safe to live in.

“Bristol is a thriving, multicultural city. While businesses prosper and house prices rise, the reality for too many of the city’s residents is that they are struggling to share in its prosperity.”

Mark will be joined by speakers from Unite Community, Bristol People’s Assembly, and the community union Acorn that campaigns on behalf of tenants in Bristol.

The meeting takes place at Malcolm X Community Centre, 141 City Road, St Paul’s, Bristol BS2 8YH from 6.30 to 8pm.

Admission is free but register your interest through the Eventbrite website

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