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LONDON 20 Oct 2012 TUC plans mass demonstration against austerity measures
The Trades Union Congress (TUC), the 54-union body that describes itself as the voice of Britain at work, plans a protest ag

October 20, 2012 - NULL

LONDON 20 Oct 2012 TUC plans mass demonstration against austerity measures
The Trades Union Congress (TUC), the 54-union body that describes itself as the voice of Britain at work, plans a protest against government budget cuts and the plan to reform social services such as the National Health Service. The march goes through central London and ends with a rally, under the banner of "A Future that Works," in Hyde Park. The TUC expects up to 500,000 protesters. Despite unrest that is likely to escalate, the coalition Conservative-Liberal Democrat government is seen as unlikely to back off its

LONDON 20 Oct 2012 TUC plans mass demonstration against austerity measures
The Trades Union Congress (TUC), the 54-union body that describes itself as the voice of Britain at work, plans a protest against government budget cuts and the plan to reform social services such as the National Health Service. The march goes through central London and ends with a rally, under the banner of "A Future that Works," in Hyde Park. The TUC expects up to 500,000 protesters. Despite unrest that is likely to escalate, the coalition Conservative-Liberal Democrat government is seen as unlikely to back off its austerity measures, and has resisted pressure for stimulus spending.
Expanding on the purpose of the rally on the TUC web, the organization's General Secretary, Brendan Barber, maintained that the tide is turning against austerity. "We were told that spending cuts were needed to get the economy growing," he added, "yet they have driven the UK back into recession." He accuses Prime Minister David Cameron of protecting the banks against the growing international support for a Robin Hood tax. 'Rather than bold policies for investment and growth," he added, "the best that ministers can do is half-baked proposals to make it easier to sack people." Other union figures are calling for a mass escalation of the protests.

One of Britain's most senior police chiefs, Sir Norman Bettison, chief constable of West Yorkshire Police, told the Independent newspaper that more Government cuts could leave forces unable to cope with a repeat of the riots that swept the country in 2011. He said the Home Office had already demanded that forces axe 20 per cent from their budgets by 2015.

Opposition politicians have long called on the government for a plan with fewer government spending cuts and more investment in infrastructure.

The Bank of England lowered its growth forecast in August, predicting an even slower exit from recession. A leading think tank cited in a Reuters report on Aug 3, blamed Britain's fiscal woes on the euro zone debt crisis and the government's spending cuts. (WRITTEN AUG 2012)

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Trades Union Congress rally
http://www.tuc.org.uk/economy/tuc-21056-f0.cfm

"Police chiefs: Cuts could leave police unprepared if riots are repeated (Independent 8 Aug 2012)
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/police-chiefs-cuts-could-leave-police-unprepared-if-riots-are-repeated-8022394.html

Economy to shrink in 2012 as quick austerity hurts - NIESR (Reuters 3 Aug 2012)
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/08/02/uk-britain-economy-niesr-idUKBRE8711X620120802

Date written/update: 2012-10-20