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Coventry campaigners fight cuts of £140 million
In Coventry, it appears that there will be a budget in the next few weeks where there will be a vote over cuts reaching a staggering £140 million.
But the newly formed Coventry Against the Cuts campaign hit the streets for the first time on Saturday 24 July.
Over a dozen campaigners from several different trade unions and organisations received a very warm response, with shoppers signing the petition and all leaflets being taken by passers by.
The leaflet makes clear that working class people did not cause this crisis and we refuse to pay for it.
Initiated by Coventry TUC, this campaign has already organised a 100-strong protest on the day of the emergency budget, and three meetings.
The most recent protest saw around 40 people hear Janice Godrich, president of the PCS civil servants' union, give an update on the situation facing working class people and importantly outline a strategy that can beat the Tory/Liberal onslaught.
No one is under any illusions about the scale of the challenges ahead, but as we made clear, we beat Thatcher and her poll tax, and we can beat these cuts.
Coventry Socialist Party branches will do all we can to build the campaign, winning union support and linking this up with the local communities who will also be hit by the cuts.
Already, Charterhouse Residents Association, a very active group, has affiliated to the campaign.
A major rally is being planned for September. Join the Facebook group: 'Coventry Against the Cuts'!
Coventry Socialist Party members
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