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The People's Assembly launched this petition based on the decisions at our national conference on 15 March 2014. The full aims document can be found here.

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(and be sure to ask your friends & family to sign too! We want to get 100,000 signatures)

The Government should reverse damaging austerity, and replace it with a new set of policies providing us with a fair, sustainable and secure future. We will no longer tolerate politicians looking out for themselves and for the rich and powerful. Our political representatives must start governing in the interests of the majority. We, the undersigned, demand:

  • Re-nationalise our services & remove private profit from health, education and social services
  • A statutory living wage, abolish zero hour contracts, end the wage freeze
  • Invest in building social housing, abolish the bedroom tax & place a cap on private rents
  • A higher tax on the rich & a clamp down on tax avoidance
  • Reverse all spending cuts
  • Invest in creating green jobs
  • Increases to welfare and pensions should be tied to inflation
  • A stop to scapegoating of immigrants or those on welfare
  • A publically owned, democratic banking system
  • End the cost of war in blood and money: no military interventions, no Trident replacement

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Taken from the The People's Assembly Against Austerity website.

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Don’t buy the Austerity Lies!

 

LIE 1. Austerity has worked.

THE ACTUAL TRUTH - Austerity was meant to reduce the deficit – the gap between the government’s spending, and what it gets from taxes. In fact, the deficit has grown 10% in the last year to over £100bn.

LIE 2. The British economy is stronger than other big economies.

THE ACTUAL TRUTH - The majority of developed countries have grown faster than the UK since 2010.

ppls assemble scot book workLIE 3. We are creating jobs and prosperity for all.

THE ACTUAL TRUTH - Average pay, taking account of rising prices, has fallen every year for six years. This is the worst decline living in standards for most people since official records began in 1856.

LIE 4. We are all in it together.

THE ACTUAL TRUTH - While most of us have seen falling pay year after year, the wealth of the richest 1,000 people in Britain has doubled since the financial crash.

LIE 5. We are rebalancing the economy by creating jobs outside of financial services.

THE ACTUAL TRUTH - Only 1 out of all 40 new jobs is proper full-time employment. Most new jobs are forms of fake self-employment without enough work to pay the bills, part-time or temp jobs, or zero hours contracts.

LIE 6. Austerity has reduced the government’s debt.

THE ACTUAL TRUTH - Because austerity has failed, this government has borrowed more in 4 years (over £430bn) than Labour did in 13 (£429bn).

LIE 7. The NHS has been ring-fenced.

THE ACTUAL TRUTH - NHS spending has been capped. It has not kept pace with inflation and a growing population, and therefore is falling in real terms. That's why waiting lists are rising.

LIE 8. The government has invested in future growth.

THE ACTUAL TRUTH - Government investment has been slashed from 3.5% of GDP to 1.5%.

LIE 9. We must curb benefits to stop benefit tourism.

THE ACTUAL TRUTH - Britain has the lowest wages in Northern Europe, and one of the lowest levels of immigration. Recent migrants contributed £20bn more in taxes than they took in public services over the last decade.

LIE 10. We must stick to the course.

THE ACTUAL TRUTH - Austerity has lowered living standards, cut public services and not reduced the deficit. More of the same will produce the same result.

 

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(from the Morning Star)

Think back to 1980 - Britain was blighted by job losses and mass unemployment during one of the worst recessions ever witnessed and Thatcher's government used the recession to attack the unions, drive down wages and persecute and exploit unemployed workers.

It was in these bleak times for the working class that Salford TUC Unemployed Centre (SUCRC) was set up following a campaign to save jobs at the Gardners engineering factory. The centre is still going strong and is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

It continues to assist local unemployed people in obtaining welfare benefits and offering advice on employment law and debt counselling.