BECTU marching with the TUC
26 March 2011
** UPDATE: BECTU members gave strong support to the TUC's March for the Alternative on Saturday 26 March. It was a fantastic event and special appreciation goes to the many members who travelled long distances to be there**
The following story was posted on 23 March 2011:
BECTU members and staff will be supporting the TUC march and rally this coming Saturday (26 March) in London.
BECTU's group will be marching alongside members from the NUJ, Equity and the Musicians' Union as part of a Federation of Entertainment Unions (FEU) contingent.
Meet other members in Zone 13
BECTU members (with email addresses) were advised last Friday 18 March that our meeting point will be in Zone 13 close to Temple tube station on Victoria Embankment. The TUC has advised us that zones for the form-up, which are not of equal size, will be marked along the length of the Embankment on lamp-posts.
Members who intend to march with the FEU are advised to arrive on the Embankment (visit this map) between 09.00 - 11.00 to secure access to our allocated zone. When the zone is full stewards will direct marchers to the rear of the line-up. People who know they will be arriving after 11.00 should approach the march from the rear.
Check the TUC's March for the Alternative site for further advice and information on plans for the day. For those of you on twitter follow @march26march
The march, from Embankment to Hyde Park, is expected to attract wide-spread support so members are advised to come prepared for a long but very important day in defence of the UK's public services. The march is expected to start leaving the Embankment at 12.00; the expected turnout means that those at the rear of the march may not start moving until 2pm.
Please bring refreshments and appropriate clothing to suit the weather. A number of BECTU placards, flags and t-shirts will be distributed to members on the day.
Hurting the UK, stifling the recovery
Looking ahead to the event, BECTU's general secretary, Gerry Morrissey said:
"It is essential that this is a well-attended march so that we can send a clear message to the government that the pace and scale of the cuts is too drastic and risks stifling any recovery.
"It will be a long day and may well be tiring but it should also be fun and with your help we can send our message loud and clear."
BECTU members are affected by the cuts both in terms of their employment - theatres dependant on Arts Council and local authority funding face huge challenges as do members working for the BBC - and their home lives.
The government's hugely controversial deficit reduction plan proposes sweeping cuts to public services which affect every UK citizen and threaten 500,000 job losses. Campaigners are especially concerned about the impact of the cuts on the most vulnerable in our society - families on low incomes, children, the elderly, the disabled and the unemployed.
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