Trade unions to march through Brighton in protest at job cuts

Posted On 20 Jan 2010 at 8:08 am

Trade union activists are planning to march through Brighton on Saturday, March 6 in protest at the hundreds of city jobs lost and under threat in recent months.

The Brighton, Hove and District Trades Council has organised the demonstration and is urging trade union branches, students, the unemployed, workers and their families to take part.

Protesters will meet at The Level at midday, and then march past significant workplaces where jobs have been lost or are under threat.

It will end at Brighton Town Hall, where a rally will be held.

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The city has already seen massive job losses at Threshers, Borders and Lloyds, and more could go at Sussex University and Brighton and Hove City Council.

Brighton, Hove and District Trades Council general secretary Bill North said: “Billions of pounds are being handed out to bankers and chief executives of companies technically owned by the taxpayer at a time when more and more people are being thrown out of work with nothing being done to protect these jobs. This completely distorted and unjustified situation cannot continue any longer.

“In the Brighton area hundreds of working people are being threatened with a worsening situation as job losses mount up.

“However, time and time again it has been shown that strong, organised trade unions can and do make a positive difference, defending jobs and conditions when they are under threat.

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“If you’re not in a trade union – join one. If you are – get active.

“There is huge anger at the alarming lack of protection for workers at the same time bllions in bonuses are dished out to the rich and this demonstration will give people the opportunity to make a stand and will send out a clear message to bosses and the government: we will not pay for your crisis.”

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