Solidarity protest with Greek people demanding an alternative to austerit
6pm Radcliffe Square, Oxford. Thursday 2nd July
The strength of the mood for a fight back against continuing austerity was reflected in the 250,000 strong demonstration in London on 20th June. There will be protests in towns and cities across the UK against Osborne's budget to slash another £13 billion of welfare spending. Demonstrate in Oxford - 8th July - assemble 6 pm Carfax Tower 7th July facebook event
The European Union (EU), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are demanding brutal austerity in exchange for extending Greece’s bailout programme, which expired on Tuesday of this week.
The programme amounts to lending the Greek government money for it to give back straight away as debt repayments.
After previous governments agreed to do the institutions’ dirty work, people elected Tsipras’ left wing Syriza party in January to break the cycle.
But it has made compromise after compromise. Last week Syriza agreed to deep cuts, privatisations and tax hikes worth £5.7 billion a year.
Finance minister Yanis Varoufakis described it as “austerian”—but the institutions demanded more.
IMF boss Christine Lagarde called for benefit cuts that would slash 60 percent off the poorest pensioners’ incomes. This would be particularly devastating as unemployment left whole families reliant on pensioners’ incomes.
Under pressure the Syriza government has called a referendum pitting the people against the banks and the poltiics of austerity. A rejection by the Greek people opens the door to a rejection of austerity across the whole of Europe. The austerity institutions and politicians will pile on the pressure to make sure this does not happen. The Greek people need to see they have our support in demanding a system that doesn't require the destruction of jobs, wages, pensions and public services.
1 week to go "End Austerity Now" national demonstration London 20th June
Book seats on Oxfordshire transport here or call 07890081211. Book now as seats are running out.
Transport is running from Banbury, Bicester, Didcot, Abingdon, and Oxford. Seats are free to union members otherwise £12 waged and £6 concessions.
Slasher Tory chancellor George Osborne unveiled £3 billion more cuts last week - on top of the £13 billion cuts already planned.
The cuts will hit public services including education, transport and local government. They will make it even harder for councils to deliver key services such as social care.
Together with the sell-off of the government's remaining shares in Royal Mail, Osborne hopes to make a total of £4.5 billion in "savings".
The cuts are three times higher than Osborne's Office for Budget Responsibility predicted.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies said the Tories were "misleading" over the scale of the cuts in their manifesto.
It said the Tories would need to slash £33 billion a year to meet their promise to cut the deficit - not the £13 billion previously claimed.
Osborne's budget on 8 July could unveil even more. The Tories hope to drive through savage cuts fast.
They have raised the stakes. We need to do the same.
We can't wait 5 more years for the possibility of an end to cuts and privatisation - we need to act now
As protests break out across the country...
Oxfordshire Unite Against Austerity!
Demonstrate - Sat 30th May
Assemble 12 noon, Manzil Way green, Cowley Road, East Oxford to March into town.
Book seats on Oxfordshire transport here
Transport is free to members of supporting unions otherwise £12 waged and £6 concessions. Book early to help us plan coaches from across Oxfordshire.
END AUSTERITY NOW - demonstrate June 20
Many will be shocked at the prospect of another 5 years of cuts, attacks on the workers and the poor, and an escalation of racism to divert anger away from the government. We can't afford to sit back and wait for another general election - Cameron and co have made it clear they intend to go on the rampage in the next 100 days. July will set a budget with £12 billion of cuts. We need to build resistance now.
The People's Assembly is organising a major national demonstration to tell the new government:
Assemble: 12pm, Saturday 20 June
Bank of England (Queen Victoria Street)
London (Tube: Bank)
With the Tories going it alone in government we know exactly what to expect. More nasty, destructive cuts to the things ordinary people care about- the NHS, the welfare state, education and public services.
We'll be assembling the demonstration in the heart of the City of London right on the doorstep of the very people who created the crisis in the first place, the banks and their friends in Westminster. We demand that the bankers and elite should pay for the crisis and not the vast majority who had nothing to do with it.
Now is the time to get organizing, to mobilize our communities, to prepare transport and spread the word. We need to do all that we can to make this demonstration bigger and bolder than ever we have done before.
Transport from Oxford is being arranged, details to follow.