Over 200 people filled the Leeds council chamber on 25 November for a meeting organised by Leeds Against the Cuts (LATC). LATC was set up by the Leeds TUC and a majority of those attending were trade union members, many of whom were shop stewards and activists.
A Leeds Socialist Party member
Speakers from the unions Unison, Unite, UCU and the Leeds tenants’ federation explained that the cuts are a vicious attack on working people.Following a student march and occupation university students Jo Johnson and Ian Pattison showed that higher tuition fees would hit working class families hardest.
Three school students, one only 12 years old, also spoke. They had organised a walkout of over 800 pupils from their school, campaigning against the ending of EMA. All three received standing ovations.
Many contributions from the floor raised the question of strike action to defeat the Con-Dem government. Manny Dominguez explained how the 1983-87 Liverpool citycouncil united the whole city in fighting the Thatcher government’s cuts, and said we should stand anticuts candidates in May’s council elections.
The final speaker, PCS president Janice Godrich, said that £120 billion of uncollected taxes could be used to stop any cuts. The next LATC activity will be the “tax dodgers day of action” on Saturday 11 December, meeting in front of Leeds City Art Gallery at 12noon