By Bridget Robertson
Rising energy bills mean that a quarter of the population of Britain now has to spend more than 10 per cent of their income on energy, at the same time as energy company profits have increased by 77 per cent in one year alone.
This has meant thousands of households are being forced to choose between heating and eating as the Tory assault on living standards takes its toll. However, for the vulnerable the consequences are even more serious. Last winter 31 000 people died prematurely, with around a third of those deaths attributable to living in a cold home.
By Nicky Dempsey
The battle over austerity is moving into a new phase. Encouraged by talk of recovery a number of disputes have broken out across a wide variety of sectors, on pay, jobs, pensions and against privatisation.
By Paul Roberts
Since using Party conference to shift the campaign agenda to defending ordinary peoples’ living standards, Labour’s support has risen in the polls, party activists have been invigorated and within sections of Labour’s ranks a discussion on alternatives to austerity has opened up.
By Jennifer Nash
Report on the People’s Assembly National Day of Action which took place on Tuesday 5 November 2013
Yesterday’s National Day of Action against austerity coordinated by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity saw a wave of protests across Britain, with local groups organizing actions in 40 towns and cities.
This National Day of Action built on the upturn of struggle against austerity we have seen in recent months, with the 4,000 strong launch of the People’s Assembly in June, the massive anti-Tory demonstration in Manchester in September and a wave of strike actions from teachers, lecturers, university staff, fire-fighters, probation officers and others in recent weeks.
Support the lecturer strike on 31 October
The People’s Assembly took a step forward in Birmingham last night with a launch rally attended by 250 people. The rally heard from trades unionists and a wide range of anti-austerity campaigners, all of whom strongly supported the formation of a People’s Assembly to bring together all our struggles in a united movement.
Postal workers in Royal Mail will be striking on Monday 4 November, having voted by 4 to 1 (78%) in favour of strike action.
They are fighting to protect their jobs, terms and conditions and secure a pay rise.
They are also fighting to defend the national postal service from being further broken up.
10am - 5pm Saturday 26 October 2013
Haringey Cypriot Community Centre, Earlham Grove, Wood Green, London, N22 5HJ
Speakers include:Tony BennKen LivingstoneOwen JonesRoger Lloyd-Pack, actorJeremy Corbyn MP
7pm Thursday 24th October
Second City Suite, at the bottom of Hurst Street – 100 Sherlock St, Birmingham, West Midlands B5 6LT
Speakers include:Len McCluskey, general secretary UNITEPaul Nowak, assistant general secretary TUCSalma Yaqoob
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