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March for A Future that Works: 20 October

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2 October 2012

On Saturday 20 October 2012 union members from all over the country will be marching for "A Future That Works".

Why BECTU is supporting the march

The BECTU banner will be on the London march to show our opposition to the destructive policies of this Coalition Government and we are urging members to support the campaign wherever they are.

"At the TUC's March For The Alternative a year ago there were dozens of BECTU members. it would be great to improve on that and have hundreds of members from BECTU showing their support" said assistant general secretary, Luke Crawley.

The union's Young Members' Forum will be represented too; young members and prospective members will be especially welcome.

The last 12 months have shown that this Government is disastrous for BECTU members with those in theatres and arts centres being badly hit due the cuts in subsidies and job losses.

At the BBC the freeze in the licence fee threatens more post closures with management intent on cutting over a thousand posts in the next twelve months.

Double-dip recession

The austerity policies of the Government mean that the economy is entering a double–dip recession; this, in turn, is directly affecting the money available for UK film and TV production meaning that there is less work for our members, among them many freelances. 

"We need this government to change course and to start spending money so that the economy can start to grow again and people can go back to work," Luke Crawley said.

Latest information

The TUC is organising the march in London for union members in England and Wales and further details can be found here .

The route of  the march will be along the Victoria Embankment then right to Parliament Square and right again along Whitehall and onwards to Hyde Park. A map can be found here

There will be a shorter route arranged from Piccadilly and there will be a raised viewing area for disabled members and wheelchair users. The march will be followed by a rally in Hyde Park with a selection of speakers.

At the moment it seems likely that the Federation of Entertainment Unions, including Equity, Musicians Union and the NUJ, are likely to form up near Temple Underground Station (District line) which is on the Embankment. Members should meet there at 11.00 am with a probable start time of 12 noon. Once we have definite confirmation of the details these will be circulated to members and posted on our website.

If you live outside of London and want to travel down for the march then you can either make your own way down to London or visit this site  to see whether it will be possible to make use of coaches being run by unions in your area. This will be at your own expense.

Members in Scotland & Northern Ireland

For members in Scotland and Northern Ireland, the Scottish Trades Union Congress and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions' Northern Ireland Committee are organising parallel marches in Glasgow and Belfast, to make 20 October a national event.

The Belfast march leaves York Street at 11.30 am to arrive for a rally at Custom House Square around 12.15 pm. Glasgow supporters will be assembling in George Square from 11.00 am for a march to Glasgow Green which will end with a rally, speakers and music from Scottish schools.

If you have any questions about BECTU's participation on 20 October please contact Luke Crawley.

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