Voluntary Sector: Taking Action ... Various trade unions vs Liberal Democrats

Protesters: National Union of Teachers, Unite, Unison and the PCS
Target: Liberal Democrats
Location: The ICC, Birmingham
Date: 18 September

The lowdown

Thousands of protesters assembled in Birmingham to urge the Liberal Democrats to abandon austerity cuts and punish bankers for the recession instead. Campaigners marched along city-centre streets, passing the ICC where the Liberal Democrat party was holding its annual conference.

Why the protest?

Union leaders claim that government economic policy has failed and that public sector workers, who are losing their jobs and pensions, should not be punished. Frances O'Grady, TUC general secretary, said: 'We are sending a powerful message to the Lib Dems and to the Government that we will fight their savage cuts. We will not let them destroy people's jobs, services and livelihoods.' The congress accused the coalition Government of betraying British industry, labelling Nick Clegg, Vince Cable and the Lib Dems 'punch drunk with power'.

How did the Liberal Democrats respond?

The party has not publicly responded.

How did the media cover it?

The rally was covered in The Independent, on the BBC News website, by local media including the Birmingham Mail and the Yorkshire Post, and on lobbying websites righttowork.org.uk, indymedia.org.uk and dpac.uk.net.

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