Come to London. Austerity Protest and Conference 20/21 Oct

20 September 2012 by Coalition of Resistance

Come to London: support the TUC demonstration and Europe Against Austerity Action Conference – 20/21 October

On Saturday October 20th the British Trades Union Congress is holding a march against austerity ‘For a future that works’. Hundreds of thousands of people will take to the streets of London to oppose the cuts being forced upon them. The Coalition of Resistance will be at the heart of this demonstration with its message of ‘No Cuts’. The participation of delegations from across Europe will hugely strengthen the significance of what will be a massive mobilisation.

In 2011 our organisation initiated the Europe Against Austerity conference which issued a call for joint action against austerity throughout Europe. More than 600 people attended the conference in October 2011, with 150 coming from other parts of Europe. Since that conference we have seen big struggles in Greece where there have been many days of general strike action and in Spain where the Asturian miners have inspired the support of millions throughout Europe. The nature of the onslaught on the peoples of Europe means that such actions will continue and escalate. Further solidarity work and coordination is now urgently needed.

We appeal for anti-austerity organisations throughout Europe to come to London on 20th and 21st October to participate both in the London demonstration and to meet the following day to discuss common action to turn back the tide of austerity. We must build co-ordinated action to enable victories against a common enemy. We are already receiving pledges of support for these events, from OLME and Syriza in Greece, from trade unions and anti-austerity groups in France, Belgium and Spain, and from the European Left Party Executive. Please help us build on this by joining us in London in October – to show that the strength of the European working class movement is in its unity and solidarity.

Let’s make October 20/21 the next step in our common struggle against austerity.

The TUC demonstration will assemble outside the Embankment underground station on Saturday 20 October.

The Europe Against Austerity conference will take place from 11am till 4:30pm on Sunday 21st October in the head office of the UNITE trade-union, 128 Theobald’s Road, London WC1X 8TN, near Holborn underground station.

Please let us know if you require homestay accommodation and if you will be attending one or both events.

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Europe Against Austerity action conference Sunday 21 October, 11am - 4:30pm

Across Europe millions of people are taking to the streets to demand an end to austerity. There is an urgent need to link up these struggles.

On the 21st October there will be a Europe Against Austerity conference organised by the Coalition of Resistance and hosted by Unite at their London headquarters.

This will be an important opportunity for trade unionists and anti-cuts activists to discuss plans for future common action. The conference is nearly full so please us know immediately if your organisation would like to send a delegate. The provisional agenda for the day is below.

We will be livestreaming this event from our website for those that cannot make it.

Reel News will be showing a series of films from the recent demonstrations in Spain and Greece and the Greece Solidarity Campaign will be showing the film of their delegation visit to Athens. Award winning campaign photographer Guy Smallman will present an exhibition of his work. Breakfast is being provided by the Communication Workers Union.

There will be an international bloc on the TUC demonstration with COR, the GSC and others linking up with CND and Stop the War Coalition.

If you can provide homestay accomodation for the Saturday night for one or two of the international delegates please contact us.

There will be a post-demo social with food and music at the new radical venue, Firebox, on Saturday evening.

11am - 12pm Breakfast and welcome by UNITE and CWU
with Jim Kelly and Steve Bell

1) 12 - 1pm: Eurocrisis - Into the abyss?
Elisabeth Gauthier, Transform/PCF
James Meadway, New Economics Foundation
Stathis Kouvelakis Syriza
Myriam Bourgy CADTM
Chair: Andrew Burgin / Myriam Djegham

2) a: 1.15pm - 2.30pm: The shape of the resistance
Dimitris Gkinis OLME
Christophe Ventura / Danielle Obono Front de Gauche
Kevin Courtney NUT
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Vladimir Nehu SUD Sante
Chair: Chris Nineham / Attac France

b: No to neoliberal education
Alex Kenny NUT
Haralambos Kokkinos DOE
Student representatives
Chair: Jane Shallice

3) 3 - 4.15pm: Actions, co-operation and the the timeline to Athens 2013
Marisa Matias Bloco MEP [European Left Party]
Fred Leplat CoR
Dot Gibson NPC [personal capacity]
Natalie Bennett Green Party UK
Felipe Van Keirsbilck JSC
Chair: Kate Hudson / Anders Svesson [Sweden]



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