Tens of thousands march against Tories

Submitted by martin on 1 October, 2017 - 9:27 Author: Martin Thomas

According to the organisers, some 50,000 trade unionists, Labour Party people, and left-wingers marched in Manchester on 1 October, as the Tory Party conference opened, to demand an end to cuts.

There were a lot of union banners and insignia, mainly from Unite and Unison, some from the GMB, a bit from the PCS and RMT. The newly-merged teachers' union NEU did not make much showing.

As on many demonstrations these days, the majority of the demonstrators looked to be either under 30 or over 55, with a thin representation of intermediate age groups.

Many marchers from another protest on the same day, "Bollocks to Brexit", also joined the anti-cuts march, which was organised by the People's Assembly.

Sales of revolutionary socialist literature were reasonably brisk, despite two adverse factors: the march started with an indoor rally, and ended amidst rain which dispersed demonstrators fairly quickly.