Launch Letter

People’s Assembly launched in the Guardian

February 28, 2013

The People’s Assembly Against Austerity was launched with a letter to the Guardian by the initial signatories below:

paaa_logoThis is a call to all those millions of people in Britain who face an impoverished and uncertain year as their wages, jobs, conditions and welfare provision come under renewed attack by the government. With some 80% of austerity measures still to come, and with the government lengthening the time they expect cuts to last, we are calling a People’s Assembly Against Austerity to bring together campaigns against cuts and privatisation with trade unionists in a movement for social justice. We aim to develop a strategy for resistance to mobilise millions of people against the Con Dem government.

The assembly will provide a national forum for anti-austerity views which, while increasingly popular, are barely represented in parliament. A People’s Assembly can play a key role in ensuring that this uncaring government faces a movement of opposition broad enough and powerful enough to generate successful co-ordinated action, including strike action. The assembly will be ready to support co-ordinated industrial action and national demonstrations against austerity, if possible synchronising with mobilisations across Europe. The People’s Assembly Against Austerity will meet at Central Hall, Westminster, on 22 June.

Tony Benn President, Coalition of Resistance

Billy Hayes General secretary, CWU
Bob Crow General secretary, RMT
Christine Blower General secretary, NUT
Dave Prentis General secretary, Unison
Kevin Courtney Deputy general secretary, NUT
Kevin Donnelly Trade Union Council JCC
Len McCluskey General secretary, Unite the Union
Manuel Cortez General secretary, TSSA
Mark Serwotka General secretary, PCS
Michelle Stanistreet General secretary, NUJ
Mick Whelan General secretary, Aslef
Paul Mackney Former general secretary Natfhe (now UCU)
Vicky Baars NUS union development

Caroline Lucas MP
Dawn Butler Former Labour minister for young citizens and youth engagement
Jeremy Corbyn MP
John McDonnell MP
Katy Clark MP
MuradQureshi London assembly member

James Meadway Senior economist, New Economics Foundation
John Pilger Journalist
Ken Loach Filmmaker
Owen Jones Writer
Tariq Ali Author

Andrew Burgin Vice-chair, Coalition of Resistance
Anita Wright Secretary, National Association of Women
Arthur Smith Comedian
Bill Greenshields Chair, Communist Party of Britain
Bruce Kent Peace campaigner
Carolyn Jones Director, Institute of Employment Rights
Clare Solomon Vice-chair, Coalition of Resistance
Colin Hampton Co-ordinator, National Unemployed Workers Centres Combine
Francesca Martinez Comedian
Fred Leplat Socialist Resistance
Iain Banks Author
Imran Khan Solicitor, co-chair, People’s Charter
JoginderBains Association of Indian Women
John Hendy QC Co-chair, People’s Charter
John Hilary Director, War on Want
John Rees Counterfire editorial board
Josie Long Comedian
Kate Hudson General secretary, CND
Lee Hall Playwright
Lindsey German Convenor, Stop the War Coalition
Merry Cross Disabled People Against the Cuts
Natalie Bennett Leader of the Green Party England and Wales
Rachael Newton People’s Charter
Richard Bagley Editor, Morning Star
Robert Griffiths General secretary, Communist Party of Britain
Roger Lloyd Pack Actor
Romayne Phoenix Chair, Coalition of Resistance
Roy Bailey Folk singer
Sam Fairbairn National secretary, Coalition of Resistance
Shang Gahonia Indian Workers Association
Wendy Savage & John Lipetz Keep our NHS Public
ZitaHolbourne Co-chair, Black activists rising against the cuts

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