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Members can ‘make a difference’ by joining march against austerity in York next month

13 February 2014 - 4:53pm

The CSP is urging members to join a protest against the government’s austerity policies. Known as the Better Way, the event will be held in York on 8 March – International Women’s Day.

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The 'Better Way' event takes place in York on 8 March

The aim is to show that are there are fairer and more effective ways to create a thriving economy and protect society, and that women have been disproportionately affected by the austerity measures.

The TUC-coordinated event is timed to coincide with the start of the Liberal Democrat’s spring conference.

CSP regional steward Joanne Bleasdale says she’s going because the coalition’s policies are having ‘a far reaching impact’, from the NHS to workers’ rights.

‘We have a choice – we can sit back and watch the breakdown of our health service or we can stand up, support the march and try to make a difference,’ said Ms Bleasdale.

‘Sitting back and saying “things won’t affect me” may lead you to later think “I wish I had done something”. Let’s not leave things to chance. The day will be fun and the more people who are present, the bigger the impact. So please bring family and friends and support the march.’

Colours for key issues

Demonstrators will gather at Clifford’s Tower from 11am and begin marching half and hour later. They will pass through the city centre before returning to the starting point for a rally at 12.30pm.

Participants are invited to show why they are marching by adopting a colour, to be displayed as an item of clothing, or on a placard or banner.

The five themes are

  • jobs and fair pay (blue)
  • tax justice (green)
  • industrial growth (black)
  • NHS, public services and social security (red)
  • young people and the future (yellow)

For more information and to register an interest in attending, contact CSP senior negotiating officer Ian Taylor. Email: taylori@csp.org.uk

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