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04 May 2014
May Day 2014

Welfare Not Warfare

Report Martin

"Members of RMT Berwick Rail, Berwick & District Trades Council and Berwick Peoples Assembly travelled up to Edinburgh on Saturday May 3rd for annual May Day march and rally. Over 500 activists marched from Johnston Terrace, along the Royal Mile and up to the Pleasance Theater for a rally featuring guest speakers Owen Jones (Author and Journalist), Peter Lawson (Unite) and music from Penny Stone (CND). The march was lead by RMT union members paying tribute to former RMT General secretary Bob Crow who sadly passed away recently.
"Under the banner "Welfare not Warfare" this uplifting rally sought to bring attention to the public the continued attack on working people by the ConDem government's devastating programme of austerity. Continued cuts to welfare, benefits and public services have seen living standards dramatically fall, meanwhile the Westminster government plans to spend £55,000,000  on a 'truly national commemoration' of the First World War. Those in attendance were reminded that this war was not a struggle for justice and democracy but was driven by competition between the big powers for influence around the globe. A call was made to ensure the anniversary is used to promote peace and international cooperation, not to rewrite history and glorify war."

"This Saturday also sees Berwick and District Trades Union Council holding a Anti UKIP  leafleting in Berwick town centre, activists who wish to participate should assemble at Berwick Town Hall at 1030. This event will be highlighting to people exactly what UKIP stand for and to let people know the truth behind their policies."

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