A short report and some pictures from Ged Dempsey:
Sheffield and our friends in the North show resistance to Camaran, Panama and Tories politics of division and austerity.
Fighting against closure of DWP in Sheffield and exporting jobs to London.
Printworkers joined with steel workers, PCS, manufacturing workers, junior doctors, teachers, DWP and our civil service. Public and private sectors uniting together against tories and companies attacks against working people, families and our communities including closures, job losses, pay cuts, bullying and privatisation.
Speakers included Mark Serwotka, shadow chancellor John McDonnell, Martin Mayer, Sheffield Cllrs .
1000s turned out from trade unions, workplaces and local communities.
Printworker Unite the Union
John McDonnell calls for Sheffield to be ‘northern powerhouse of resistance’ and demands tax haven inquiry
Shadow chancellor called on Sheffield to be a ‘northern powerhouse of resistance’ and demanded a public inquiry into tax havens at a city centre rally.
Hundreds of people joined a march from Devonshire Green to the City Hall earlier today (Saturday, April 9), where they listened to speeches from trade unionists, a junior doctor and Labour politicians.
Mr McDonnell had the final word, heavily criticising the Government for its reaction to the steel crisis, health and education policies, the decision to close Sheffield’s department for business, skills and innovation office – seen as central to the ‘northern powerhouse’ project – and the recent revelations about offshore tax havens.
Protest march over Sheffield business office closure
Thousands of people have marched through Sheffield in protest over plans to axe 250 government jobs in the city.
The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills announced in January its intention to close its office at St Paul’s Place.
It said the plan would help it cut costs but unions, city leaders and MPs have attacked the proposals.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who joined the march, described the city as one in “resistance” to government cuts.
He added: “Too much has been said by this government about northern powerhouses and there has been too little delivery.”