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Posted on 22 November 2010 at 15:59 GMT

Largest demonstration in Nottingham for years

Around 1,200 protesters marched through Nottingham on Saturday to a rally in the town centre organised by Notts Save Our Services.

Charlie Taylor, Nottingham Socialist Party

This was the largest protest in Nottingham for many years and was led by pupils, staff and parents from Gedling school which is faced with closure as a result of cuts.

Local trade unions were represented with banners from the GMB, Ucatt and Unison as well as the NUT, along with an array of homemade banners.

The speakers showed their determination to fight the cuts all the way, and to oppose all cuts in services.

Socialist Party members were present from around the East Midlands. We sold 93 copies of the Socialist and raised over 50 that will help with the production of more anti-cuts leaflets, posters etc.

The SOS group meets every Monday and will be present at the protest at Gedling school this Thursday.

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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
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