As many of you are no doubt already aware, the Liberal Democrats will be holding their Conference over the weekend commencing 8th March and the TUC, both locally and regionally, are mobilising a demonstration against their shameful support of the austerity policies of one of the most severe Tory Governments in political history. For full details of the demonstration and how you can get involved, please visit the demonstration website at www.abetterwaydemo.org which will give you full details of the plans for the day, including the route of the march and details of speakers at the rally which will follow it. York & District TUC are also organising a fringe event to take place from 2pm to 4pm at the Friends Meeting House, a short distance from the rally, starting with a premiere showing of “On The Edge”, a short half-hour film by Cathy Denton about austerity in York, followed by a range of local and regional speakers. We are still finalising the details of the fringe event but these will be up on the site early next week along with a press release – we think you will find both the march, rally and fringe event not only an ideal opportunity to tell the Liberal Democrats what you think of their support of the Tories’ crippling policies, but especially at the fringe meeting, an opportunity to discuss the “better way” that the TUC and its affiliated unions are proposing.
I’d like to take this opportunity to appeal for some help in stewarding the event. If you would like to help us out in being a steward for the day, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org along with your contact details.
Look out for further details about the fringe event early next week, and I look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it on the day.
Leigh Wilks, York & District TUC President