TUC : March and Rally for an Alternative
Thousands of Tories will descend on Manchester for their conference that starts on Sunday 2nd October. The Tory cabinet will be joined by all of their MP’s and Councillors, their members and supporters. There will be over 10,000 Tories in Manchester!
When Fiona Hodgson, the Tory Conference Chair gets up at 2pm to open their conference – tens of thousands of protesters will be marching past with banners and placards to give them the welcome they deserve, rather than the welcome they would like.
A major March and Rally for the Alternative to the economic and social policies of the Tories is being organised by the TUC. The March Against the Tories, initiated by Right to Work, is now a national demonstration. Coaches have been chartered from all over the country. Details here
The assembly point, march and final rally all lie within the City Center. The route of the march goes right past the Convention Center where the Tories hold their annual conference.
12 noon Liverpool Rd. (off Deansgate) Manchester M3 4JR. This venue is a 10 minute walk from the train stations at Piccadilly, Victoria, and Oxford Rd. The coach drop coach drop off near by on Water St. Manchester M3 4JU
Salford Feeder March
Assemble 10:30am at Fire Station Square, Salford M5 4NZ
Off The Crescent, opposite Salford University. The Salford will be joined by a delegation from Wigan. This march goes via Bexley Square (where flowers will be laid in commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Bexley Square) and via Lower Byrom St into Liverpool Road.
Education Feeder March
Assemble 11am, University Place, Oxford Rd. Manchester, M13 9PL. This march is set to join the main March at Deansgate/Liverpool Rd. It is called by Manchester Education Activist Network. Supported by: Manchester University Student Union, Manchester University Against Fees and Cuts, Manchester Metropolitan EAN, Salford Uni Against Cuts, Xavarian College Students Against Cuts, Bury College Students Against Cuts, Manchester Socialist Workers Party
Disabled people’s short march
Details of the short march for disabled people and carers will be finalised soon. There will be full accessibility for people with chairs on the march and at the final rally.
Final Rally at No 1 First St
The area around No 1 First St is the largest open space in the Manchester City center. It is home to the Town Hall offices of Manchester City Council. Following the £110 million cuts imposed by the Tory Government on Manchester there now rows of empty desks in this building, as thousands of jobs have been cut. When Manchester people protested against these savage cuts Tory Eric Pickles told them to ‘get over it.’
TUC Rally Event starts at 2pm No 1 First Street
Speakers include Paul Kenny GMB and TUC President, Len McCluskey, Unite, Christine Blower, NUT, Mark Sewotka, PCS, Chris Keats, NASUWT, Bob Crow, RMT, Mary Boustead, ATL, Rena Wood Unison, Matt Wrack FBU, Remploy local rep, Terry Hoad UCU President. Additional local speakers will be announced
Return coaches will pick up from streets very near the final rally point.
To order from the updated second printing of the TUC leaflet e-mail NWMarch@tuc.org.uk clearly stating the number of leaflets wanted and a postal address for delivery, allowing 5 working days for delivery.
‘We need jobs, growth and justice for a sustainable future and this event will send that message loud and clear.’ Alan Manning, Secretary NW TUC.
‘Make a noise Manchester! Like you always have!’ Julie Hesmondhalgh, who plays Coronation Street character ‘Hayley.’
bs : Growth : Justice : Say NO to unnecessary spending cuts.
Sunday 2nd October. Assemble 12 noon Liverpool Rd. (off Deansgate) Manchester M3 4JR. Coach drop coach drop off on Water Street.
Back the Alternative: a Robin Hood Tax : Closing tax loopholes : Policies for jobs and green growth
The march will pass the Conference Center where the Tory Party are set to hold their annual conference. A shorter walk for disabled people is included in the arrangements. The final rally point will be in the city center.
Download the TUC Leaflet
To order e-mail NWMarch@tuc.org.uk clearly stating the number of leaflets wanted and a postal address for delivery, allowing 5 working days for delivery.
The leaflet can also be downloaded from Manchester Trades Council
‘The March and Rally for an Alternative will show opposition to the Coalition Government’s disastrous policies and show the support for The Alternative. We need jobs, growth and justice for a sustainable future and this event will send that message loud and clear.’ Alan Manning, Secretary NW TUC.
Speakers: Paul Kenny GMB, Len McCluskey Unite, Christine Blower NUT, Bob Crow RMT, Mary Bousted ATL, Rena Wood Unison, + Community Speakers