Trade unions have called for a general strike after tens
of thousands of people marched through central
London to protest against the government’s austerity
Firefighters, nurses and teachers joined unemployed
youngsters, antiwar activists and other campaigners
on Saturday in a march organised by the Trades Union
Congress, to highlight what it says is the government’s failure to solve Britain’s longterm
“I’m coming into my pension now and don’t want it to be robbed
after 40 years,” said Steve Richards, a former train driver from Wales.
There were cheers as Len Mccluskey, leader of Unite, the UK’s largest trade union, called on
the crowd in Hyde Park to support a general strike, a call echoed by Bob Crow, leader of the
RMT rail union.
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said austerity was causing huge damage to the
economy. “The economy is flat on its back,” he said.