Supporting the TUC 20 October march against austerity
4 October 2012
NUJ members will be joining "A Future that Works", the TUC mass demonstration with rally on Saturday 20 October.
We will be organising an assembly point with colleagues from the entertainment unions. Visit the dedicated TUC website.
Transport and coach booking arrangements can be found on the False Economy website.
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The march looks set to be a large event. The biggest organisational challenge will be the safe and orderly movement of people at the meeting point, along the march and as they leave the rally. We estimate that the march will take up to two hours to leave the assembly area.
We are asking people to stagger their arrivals so people who have come long distances by coach and train can be in the front of the march, while people coming by public transport from London and nearby should join the rear of the march. Marchers need to be aware that there are significant engineering works affecting the tube network.
We intend to use that part of the assembly area that lies between Hungerford Bridge (by Embankment tube) and the rear of Temple Place where unions can raise their banners and set up any marching bands that they have booked.
There will be a disability assembly zone in Savoy Street which will feed into the march at the south of Savoy Street.
Signs will be put on lamp posts or other street furniture to demarcate the 14 zones – not all equally sized. We are also setting up materials distribution points (a pen made out of crowd-control barriers) where unions can distribute material – although they will need to unload vans in Temple Place by 9am and carry their material to the distribution pens. A provisional map is attached, but precise locations of zones may change.
On 26 March, we estimated these zones could hold some 50,000 to 60,000 people. We now think this is a conservative estimate. If people stagger their arrivals, we expect the march meeting area to be confined to this area – with informal queuing if necessary in adjacent roads and bridges. Once the allocated zones are full, new arrivals will be diverted to the rear of the march by stewards.
Deciding how to allocate unions to the different zones is no easy task. This time we are using size as the main determinant with the biggest unions at the front. We also recognise that some unions want to march together so there will be a health specialists section and an entertainment union bloc.
Front Party (General Council and guests)
Health unions not otherwise listed
Entertainment unions (including the NUJ)
TUC statement: Austerity isn't working
Our country faces long-term economic problems but our political leaders have failed to face up to them.
For the next five years or more, unless policies change, the economy will not grow, incomes will not rise and there will be almost no new jobs.
If the government keeps on with big spending cuts and austerity we face a lost decade. Even on their own terms government policies are failing. To close the deficit we need a healthy growing economy that generates tax income. But austerity has led to a vicious circle of decline.
Instead of just letting the banks go back to business and bonuses as usual, we need policies that promote new and old industries.
This new approach would create jobs, especially for young people.
It would encourage companies to raise average pay, penalise big bonuses and invest in training and new industries. It would crack down on tax evasion by big companies and the super-rich. It would tackle the growing inequality between the super-rich and everyone else.
Rather than deep, rapid spending cuts, we need to reverse our decline and build an economy that works for ordinary families.