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From: The Socialist issue 860, 17 June 2015: Tory-busters: organise, strike, resist

Search site for keywords: Youth - Protest - Budget - Austerity - Cuts - Young people - Manchester - London - Liverpool - Nuneaton - Stoke - Wolverhampton - Mansfield - Glasgow - Birmingham - Coventry

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Youth Fight Austerity: protest against the Budget on 8 July!

Claire Laker-Mansfield, Youth Fight Austerity organiser

On 8 July, Osborne plans a bonfire of welfare, jobs and services. This will be a billionaires' budget - specially designed to transfer huge sums of wealth from working class people to the very richest in society.

Bolstered by their general election victory, the Tories believe they have a mandate to go on the rampage. But with only 24% of the electorate voting Conservative, the truth is that they are a weak, unpopular and potentially divided government. And we're organising to fight them.

Stark choice

For young people, the choice we face is stark: we struggle, or we endure an ever more bleak future of austerity - Osborne's planned poverty.

On Budget day, the speeches, heckling and general pantomime taking place in the House of Commons could make us despair. But outside parliament's doors, on the streets of London, Manchester, Liverpool and more, the thousands demonstrating and fighting back will offer hope.

That's why Youth Fight Austerity has called for a national day of action to take place on the 8 July. We are organising protests in towns and cities around the country. Let's make sure we have mass mobilisations of young and working class people to block Osborne's billionaires' budget. We won't let the Tories rip up our futures.

Take a look at the list of protests listed on the right and on our website and come along to your local one. But if you can't see one near you, why not help organise one?

Youth Fight Austerity demands:


Why I will be there!

Aaron Bailey

As a young person, it can sometimes feel like the attacks that the Tory government are making right now don't affect you. But believe me, they do.

The cuts and caps to the benefit system and workers' pay that will be in the budget might sound distant threats to young people.

But these, as well as cuts in the NHS, local services and education, are just a few examples of how our entire lives will be affected.

Living Costs

These cuts will drive up living costs like rent and housing while at the same time driving down wages, making it all the more difficult for young people like me to have a job and find a place to live.

There are already over 1 million people who rely on food banks just to eat, including many workers. All the while, our services are being slowly sold off under our noses to private corporations who couldn't care less if they provide a good service.

They want to make money from services that we need to survive, the NHS springs to mind as a perfect example.

While the government is making all these cuts, they are also attempting to pass the blame onto migrants and benefit claimants.

This is being used as a smokescreen as they try to dismantle the entire welfare system and put even more pressure on people like me who are barely making through the week as it is.

All the while they reward the bankers who got us into this mess in the first place. The time has come for us to stop letting them do this to working class people.

I am protesting on 8 July because I want to show that there is an alternative to austerity.

Let's build that socialist alternative, starting with fighting the cuts and opposing the budget.


Youth Fight Austerity budget day protests around the country

Birmingham

6pm

Victoria Square, B1 1BB

Call 07530429441

Coventry

5:30pm

Lady Godiva Statue, Broadgate Square, CV1 1LL

Call 07530429441

Glasgow

5pm

McDonalds, Corner of Union and Argyle Street, G2 8TL

Liverpool

12 noon

McDonalds , Church Street

Call 07769611320

London

5pm

Downing Street

Call Helen on 07540189052

Manchester

12 noon

Queen Victoria statue,

Piccadilly Gardens, M1 1AF

Call 07769611320

Nuneaton

12:30pm

The George Eliot Statue,

Newdegate St, CV11 4ER

Call 07530429441

Southampton

5:30pm

Bargate, SO14 1HF

Call Nick on 07833681910

Hanley (Stoke)

4pm

Clock Tower, Potteries

Shopping Centre, ST1 1PS

Call Liat 07900880146

Wolverhampton

12:30pm

The Man on the Horse Statue, Queen Square, WV1 1TL

Call 07530429441

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