Take Back Manchester Festival | 30 Sep – 4 Oct 2017
Planned to coincide directly with the Tory Party Conference in Manchester we will be holding 5 full days of protest, music, comedy, direct actions, meetings, events and a whole lot more…
This is will probably be the most ambitious event the People’s Assembly Against Austerity have ever undertaken. We will make sure the Tories, can’t move through Manchester without feeling the full force of opposition to their austerity policies.
The week of action will include: National Demonstration – Sunday 1 October 2017 Tories Out | No More Austerity | Scrap the Pay Cap For Decent Health, Homes, Jobs & Education Assemble: 12:00pm, Castlefield Arena, Rice Street, Manchester – March to the Conference Centre
This is the main event in the week which coincides with the opening of the Conservative Party conference. Coaches and transport is being arranged from across the country for the day.
If you can organise a group of people to travel from your organisation, workplace or community then please get in touch – we can put you in touch with people in your area and advise on best transport options.
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The week will be packed full & we’re encouraging as many people as possible to stay for the whole week. Book time off work now – we will be arranging accommodation for people in a community centre. This will be basic but will be very cheap. Full details and booking available soon.
Other events in the week will be announced every few days so keep an eye on our website and the event on Facebook.
Also check out our transport page here. These are the few coaches already booked and don’t forget to keep checking back as more come in… Also please send us your coach details as soon as you have them to office @thepeoplesassembly.org.uk so we can add them to the site.
They write their own tax laws; they buy their own politicians. No wonder the wealth of the very richest people on the planet is ballooning
Davos: ‘This week, some of the richest people on Earth will gather high up a snowy mountain in the world’s biggest tax haven.’ Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters
As metaphors go, this one takes some beating. This week, some of the richest people on Earth will gather high up a snowy mountain in the world’s biggest tax haven. Most will have paid big money to attend the three-day meeting in Davos: the most exclusive memberships cost somewhere in the region of £100,000 each. From there, they will relay thoughts on global risks and opportunities to the ski-jacketed press corps. They will talk about gender inequality and technological innovation. The message will go out: however turbulent the global economy, it is being capably stewarded.
These are our economic elites as they want the rest of us stuck on the flatlands below to see them: big-thinking, well-intentioned, hard-working – and thoroughly meritocratic. This is also how they justify the mammoth rewards they enjoy: we sweat for it; we’re worth it. The follow-up is usually only implied, but it is the one that underpins the entire system: put in enough hours and this could be you.
• The British Medical Association has called for three junior doctor walkouts – the first taking place on Tuesday 12 January – after a breakdown in talks. We in the Green party unequivocally support the junior doctors who are going on strike. They have been offered an 11% pay rise, which on the face of it seems reasonable. However, what the government is also doing is cutting pay for extra hours worked. Working long hours (days in fact) without a proper break has always been a key part of hospital culture, but this does not make it right. Junior doctors can work 12 back-to-back night shifts of up to 12 hours each, and 90-hour working weeks are not uncommon. Removing the safeguards that protect them from working too long will affect patient care negatively. Doctors have very rarely gone on strike, but when 98% of junior doctors vote for strike action, this indicates a major concern with the contracts they are being offered. I believe that we should all be listening to the doctors on the NHS front line rather than trust the words of the health secretary, who is imposing these contracts from on high without addressing the major concerns of safeguarding and pay cuts. Lee Burkwood Green party London assembly candidate, Havering and Redbridge