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Are you ready to go? TUC demo #Oct20

19 October 2012

Get active and attend the TUC events in London, Glasgow and Belfast on Saturday 20 October 2012. We need a future that works.

In London

Tens of thousands of people from across the UK will be heading to London on Saturday 20 October to take part in A Future That Works – the march and rally organised by the TUC to protest against the government’s austerity policies and to call for an alternative economic strategy that puts jobs, growth and people first.

Marchers will begin to assemble on the Victoria Embankment on the north bank of the Thames from 11am between the Hungerford Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge.

Please be aware that there are significant engineering closures on the tube network so make sure you check your journey using the journey planner on the TFL website.

The NUJ has an assembly point with colleagues from the entertainment unions at the Victoria Embankment (located in-between Temple and Embankment tube stations).

There will be signs on lamp posts or other street furniture to demarcate 14 zones and the demonstration/zones will be ordered as follows -

Front Party (General Council), Band, Unite, Unison, GMB, USDAW, NUT, PCS, NASUWT, CWU, UCATT, Community, UCU/ATL/NUS, Health unions, Prospect//FDA/MiP, RMT/TSSA/FBU, Entertainment Unions (including the NUJ), other unions and everyone else.

There will be a disability assembly zone for the full march in Savoy Street and there will be a disability assembly zone for a shorter march in St James Street (off Piccadilly) that will be fed into the march as it passes.

The demonstration will march to Hyde park and a rally in Hyde Park will run from 1.30-4pm.

The rally will be a rolling programme of speakers and music.

A group of NUJ members are meeting at Headland House at 10am to take the NUJ flags to the demonstration.

Contacts and information

The NUJ co-ordinator on the day in London is Sarah Kavanagh, NUJ senior campaigns and communications officer. To contact Sarah you can email: or call 078 43549006

On Saturday, the Twitter account @futurethatworks will keep people updated as to where the rear of the march is located and which stations they should be aiming for to minimise the time needed to wait before they are able to join the march.

People with Android smartphones, iPhones and iPads can also download the TUC Live App for free to get logistical information, maps and resources as well as background information on the case against austerity. It can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store for iPhone, or Google Play for Android.

The Scottish TUC and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions’ Northern Ireland Committee have organised their own A Future That Works marches and rallies in Glasgow and Belfast.

In Glasgow

Assemble at 11.00am George Square to hear a range of speeches before marching to Glasgow Green. The rally at Glasgow Green will feature speeches, music (original compositions on the theme of social justice from Scottish Schools) and projected scenes from the London march and rally.

In Belfast

Assemble at College of Art Gardens, York St. Belfast at 11.00am. March-off at 11.30am with a rally at Custom House Square at 12.15.

Tags: TUC, O20, march, London, Glasgow, Belfast