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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Hundreds of people from Norwich joined the national fight against cuts to public services as they joined more than 100,000 marchers in London.
Members from unions across the region took to the capital’s streets and marched against the government’s austerity measures under the Trade Union Congress’ slogan, A Future That Works.
Buses took people from Norwich to the capital, and Sasha Pearce, regional manager for Unison, said she was “very pleased” with how last weekend’s march went.
The 44-year-old from Thorpe St Andrew said: “The march wasn’t as big as last year’s, but we feel we had more people there than we expected.”
She added that in her role as secretary at Norwich and District Trades Union Council which encourages non trade union members to march, that: “Austerity isn’t working, and the measures are effecting everybody.”
Alison Birmingham, 58, a senior steward at Unison, and social worker, said: “We want these people to keep their hands off our banks, our NHS and get our young people back to work.”
And added: “It’s [the march] one way of getting our message across.”
As well as Unison and other unions, the public and commercial services union PCS took around 35 Norwich people to the capital.
Julie Bremner, 44, from the PCS union said: “People wanted to put a marker in the ground and say they don’t agree what the government are doing, and making workers pay for a crisis not of our making.”
She added the union are looking at industrial action in the future.