Britons condemn govt. policies
Mon, 02 May 2011 12:04:14 GMT
British trade unionists, political parties, students and community activists have stepped up protests against government policies -- spending cuts, in particular.
On the occasion of the International Workers' Day, May Day events were held in cities and towns across England, Scotland and Wales over the weekend.
In Newcastle, hundreds of people marched to condemn the government for slashing welfare benefits and for betraying the youth by increasing university tuition fees and abolishing the education maintenance allowance (EMA), the daily Morning Star reported.
Addressing the rally at Exhibition Park, Gateshead MP Ian Mearns said, “the government's agenda is clear.”
"They intend to use the excuse of the deficit to push through a radical ideologically driven reform programme designed to reduce the state," the MP added.
Union Unite new regional secretary Karen Reay also, in an address to the crowd, denounced the government for privatizing the National Health System (NHS) and cutting public-sector pensions.
Public and Commercial Services (PCS) regional officer Julie Young addressed the crowd on behalf of the trade union-led Northern Public Services Alliance.
She said that the country needed alternative policies, including stimulating the economy by increased public investment.
“The government should also address the billions of pounds lost through tax evasion and avoidance,” she added.
NHS Consultants Association co-chairman Clive Peedell also addressed the gathering, where he elaborated on the destructive impact of the government's plans for the NHS.
“The government's plans for the NHS put profit before patients,” Clive said.