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Week Two TUC Bus Tour

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

GMB Members Join Week Two Of Union Campaign Against Austerity At Over 80 Locations Across Britain Till 5th July

Aim is to mobilise opposition to austerity and promote positive ideas for creating jobs, protecting our NHS, investing in our young people, bringing our high streets back to life and delivering a living wage says GMB.

GMB members will actively participate in week two of the campaign which sees events in over 80 locations across Britain as a part a national trade union organized campaign against austerity. This started on17th June and will run till 5th July.

See Table below sets out the daily schedule for the campaign in England, Wales and Scotland from 24 June till 5th July.

The TUC Austerity Uncovered bus started Monday 17June at Dudley and is in Nottingham today. During this time the Wales and Scottish TUCs are running their own Austerity Uncovered buses. On Saturday 22 June to Friday 5 July a coalition of unions - Unite, Unison, GMB, PCS and CWU along with the TUC -  started to criss-cross England with two People United buses. They are in Cambridge, Norwich, Hastings and Ports mouth today. They will end on 5 July at Trafford hospital - the birthplace of the NHS.

Date

Bus

Town

Approx Timings

24 June

TUC Austerity Uncovered

Scottish TUC

Wales TUC

People United bus 1

 

People United bus 2

Nottingham

Aberdeen

Merthyr Tydfil, Abercynon

Cambridge, Sidney Street

Norwich (evening)

Hastings, Town Square

Portsmouth (evening)

9.30am – 5.00pm

 

 

8.00am-4.00pm

 

11.00am-5.00pm

25 June

TUC Austerity Uncovered

Scottish TUC

Wales TUC

People United bus 1

 

People United bus 2

Northampton Town Centre

Dundee

Rhymney, Bettws

Norwich, Forum Millennium Library

Peterborough (evening)

Portsmouth, Guildhall

Bournemouth, Town Centre

9.30am – 5.00pm

 

 

10.00am-2.00pm

 

10.00am-2.00pm

4.00pm-7.00pm

26 June

TUC Austerity Uncovered

Scottish TUC

Wales TUC

People United bus 1

People United bus 2

Luton Rights Centre

Glasgow

Monmouth, Cardiff

Leicester, Humberstone Gate

Plymouth

9.30am – 5.00pm

 

 

11.00am-7.00pm

4.00pm-7.00pm

27 June

TUC Austerity Uncovered

Scottish TUC

Wales TUC

People United bus 1

People United bus 2

Reading

Edinburgh

Cardiff

Lincoln, City Square

Bristol (evening)

9.30am – 5.00pm

 

 

1.00pm-

28 June

TUC Austerity Uncovered

 

 

Scottish TUC

People United bus 1

 

People United bus 2

Swindon Royal Mail Sorting Office; SW TUC Regional Council & Swindon Town Centre

Falkirk

Grimsby, Riverhead Square

Hull (evening)

Bristol

9.00 –11.30; 1.00-3.00; 2.00-5.30

 

 

12.00pm-3.30pm

 

All day

29 June

TUC Austerity Uncovered

 

People United bus 1

 

 

People United bus 2

Weston-super-Mare, hospital and

council housing estate

Hull, Queen Victoria Square

Barnsley (pm), Community centre,

NUM HQ 2 Huddersfield Road

Bristol

Weston-super-Mare, Football Ground

9.30am –12.00pm

2.00pm -5.30pm

10.00am-4.00pm

Evening

 

All day

10.00am

30 June

People United bus 1

 

People United bus 2

Leeds, Patisserie Valerie Café,

Albion Street

Witney

Coventry

10.00am-6.00pm

 

 

Evening

1 July

People United bus 1

 

People United bus 2

Middlesbrough, Outside BHS,

Corporation Road

Coventry, Broadgate

11.00am-4.00pm

 

8.00am-4.30pm

2 July

People United bus 1

 

People United bus 2

Hartlepool, Church Square,

Hartlepool Road

Derby, Market Square

11.00am-6.00pm

 

12.00pm-4.30pm

3 July

People United bus 1

 

People United bus 2

Blackpool, opposite main entrance

of the Winter Gardens

Stoke, Tontine Square, Hanley

Knutsford

Warrington, Town Centre

2.00/2.30pm

 

9.00am-12.00pm

 

3.00pm-6.00pm

4 July

People United bus 1

 

 

People United bus 2

Salford, both buses outside Salford

Civic Centre then Manchester

Piccadilly Gardens

Salford, both buses outside Salford

Civic Centre then Royal Oldham Hospital

11.00am-1.00pm

2.00pm-6.00pm

 

11.00am-1.00pm

2.00pm-6.00pm

5 July

People United bus 1

 

 

People United bus 2

Trafford Hospital, Manchester

March to Golden Hill Park

NHS Party in the Park

Trafford Hospital, Manchester

as above

2.00pm

3.00pm

3.30pm

 

Paul Kenny GMB General Secretary said “Three years into the government's flawed austerity experiment with the economy, and with further cuts threatened for the rest of the decade, the unions will be capturing the effect of this on the real communities of the country.

The aim is to mobilise opposition to austerity and to promote positive ideas for creating jobs, protecting our NHS, investing in our young people, bringing our high streets back to life and delivering a living wage.

The unions will use the tour to win support for tackling corporate welfare in housing and low pay where vast amounts of taxpayers is cash used to subsidise private landlords and low paying employers via housing benefits and working families tax credits.

The tour will provide an opportunity to explain how more than 80,000 new homes could be built in Great Britain each year if just half the total of £22,812m that was spent on housing benefit in 2011/12 is spent instead on investment in new social housing.  Much of the £411billions of taxpayer’s funds spent on housing benefit in last 30 years has been funnelled to private landlords and this “corporate” welfare should end.

Along the way unions will be able to point to profitable companies like NEXT and Amazon that should be forced to pay a living wage. The tour will be used to step up the campaign to stop companies abusing zero hours contacts, prevent them from exploiting temporary workers and stop them recruiting only from abroad. We will win support for the corporate sector paying their fair share of taxes”

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Contact for more details:

TUC austerity tour call Liz Chinchen 020 7467 1248 or 07778 158175 or Rob Holdsworth or 020 7467 1372 or 07717 531150 or  Alex Rossiter  020 7467 1337  07887 572130

For People United tour Contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315

For Scottish TUC call 0141 221 8545 for Wales TUC call 029 2034 7010

Or call GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823

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