Unite The Resistance in West Yorkshire Bulletin 1- January 2013 – Pamphlet Launch, Leeds, Weds Jan 23rd. March & Rally in Halifax, Sat Feb 2, See Below.

Unite to win.

Welcome to the first bulletin of Unite The Resistance (UTR) in West Yorkshire. We Are meeting regularly to unite together every campaign against the cuts and this nasty ConDem government. Most people oppose what is happening they just don’t know how to fight it. We can channel the anger we all feel to maximum effect. Through this bulletin and meetings and twitter and in every which way we will publicise and mobilise for anti-cuts events.

Fighting the cuts across West Yorkshire

We are already facing growing poverty and austerity here. 27% of our kids are growing up in poverty. Over 1000 Yorkshire pensioners died with cold weather contributing to their deaths last year. As the cold weather bites and gas and electricity bills have rocketed even more could die this winter. Low pay and low rates of benefit mean that the only shops opening on our high streets are pay day loan companies. We cannot afford to do nothing. Join the fightback for fair pay, fair rents defend welfare and our NHS. Contact us with your stories and events

Email: info@uniteresist.org
Twitter: @WestYorksUTR

There are two events for your calender, the first is a Pamphlet Launch as follows.

Unite The Resistance in West Yorkshire – Trade Unions and the Fight against Austerity.
Pamphlet Launch by contributor Laura Miles (UCU), Also speakers from NUT, FBU, PCS, Unison.
23 January, 6.30pm, TUC Centre, 88 North Street, Leeds.

And the second event is:-

Northern Towns Against Cuts March – Austerity Bites… Osbourne, Cameron, Clegg Game over. See below.

Yorkshire unions join up to fight Tory cuts

by Peter Lazenby Northern Reporter

Unions in Yorkshire have formed an alliance to fight government cuts which they say are ravaging northern towns.

The Northern Towns Against Cuts group is to stage a march and rally in Halifax in West Yorkshire on Saturday February 3.

The group formed by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and GMB two years ago staged a successful protest in Halifax in February 2011, drawing delegations from Northern towns including Liverpool, Wigan, Barnsley and Sheffield.

But savage government cuts have seen the group grow to 12 unions and the demonstration has the support of Yorkshire and Humber regional TUC.

NUT divisional secretary Sue McMahon said: “The demonstration is about the price that northern towns are paying for austerity.”

The group uses the “Pacman” computer game character to symbolise how the cuts are now biting into areas including benefits to the disabled, services for the vulnerable, youth services, services to the elderly, nursery provision, police, fire service, NHS and social care.

Under the slogan “austerity will get worse” the group lists closed shops, fewer facilities, increased food prices, higher utility bills, increased tuition fees and inflation as hitting northern communities.

Ms McMahon said: “For the past two years in education I have been involved in so many cutbacks and redundancies it has been unreal.

“We have had services absolutely decimated.

“We are seeing wide-ranging cuts. We are facing closures of fire stations, loss of appliances. In Calderdale we are facing the closure of six children’s centres.

“We feel it is northern towns that are taking the brunt of the cuts.”

The 12 unions involved in the group include Unison, Unite, University and College Union (UCU), Public and Commercial Services (PCS), NUT, National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT), National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), GMB, Community and Youth Workers in Unite, Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP), and educational professionals’ group Voice.

Speakers at the February event include Halifax Labour MP Linda Riordan and regional TUC chairman Tim Roache, who is also Yorkshire regional secretary of the GMB.

The march assembles at 10.15am at Halifax Town Hall.

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