Hundreds turn out for protest march

Sending a message: crowds of protestors at the Piece Hall rally in Halifax on Saturday
Sending a message: crowds of protestors at the Piece Hall rally in Halifax on Saturday
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HUNDREDS of people marched through Halifax on Saturday to protest over government spending cuts.

Northern Towns Against the Cuts, a group made up of several unions, and people affected by the cuts chanted and held banners as they walked from Halifax Town Hall to a rally at the Piece Hall.

National, local and regional speakers sent a clear message that cuts to public sector jobs and services would devastate the local economy.

Labour MP Linda Riordan spoke to the crowd: “It’s time to say enough is enough and to start the fight back.

“We need to send out the message loud and clear that people across our district will not tolerate the job losses, the cuts and the attacks on our community any longer.”

Many different unions attended the rally, including UNISON, GMB, Unite, National Union of Teachers and Aspect.

Sue McMahon, Calderdale NUT divisional secretary, said: “It appears the coalition government is intent on ruining northern towns like Halifax with their cuts agenda.

“We want to send a direct message to the government that we will not tolerate this attack on public services.”

Tim Roache, regional secretary for GMB, said: “There is no need for these cuts. The government is adding 1.5 million people to the total of 2.5 million who are already unemployed.

“We are saying the government should start investing in people’s jobs, cutting more is just not the answer.”