Several hundred protesters braved the advancing winter weather and took to the streets of Sheffield on Saturday 23rd October as part of a nationwide day of campaign against the Coalition governments spending cuts.
Activists from the GMB General Branch in Leeds alongside those from the PCS, NUT, pensioners’ groups, trades councils, Unision, Unite, Green Party, Labour Party, unemployed activist groups and many more were present.
TUC deputy general secretary Frances O’Grady told the demonstrators that the TUC was “fully behind” them in the fight against these savage cuts and invited the everybody to join the “biggest, boldest” mass rally in London next March.
A Sheffield councillor, Ben Curran, announced at the rally that he had defected to Labour from the Liberal Democrats because of “lack of resistance” shown by his party locally to the cutbacks and the “disgraceful decision” to cancel a government loan to local company Forgemasters.
“As Sheffield Lib Dem councillors, we were asked to defend what turned out to be a completely unjustifiable decision and it soon transpired that all the reasons in favour of cancelling the loan were just a pack of lies,” he told the rally.
Labour MP for Sheffield Central,Paul Bloomfield MP demanded that his fellow Sheffield MP and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg step down as MP for Hallam as he was not elected to “savage Britain” and had “betrayed the people of Sheffield”.
The demonstration was a good start in the fightback against the governments assault on ordinary people. This GMB branch will continue to support the resistance to these cuts and actively support working people affected by them.