UK Unions in Anti-Cuts Demo
Many teachers were among the thousands who marched in the UK yesterday against cuts and austerity Protests took place in London, Belfast and Glasgow against spending cuts which are having a devastating effect on education, health and welfare services. The leaders of the two largest teaching unions, the NUT and the NAS/UWT spoke at the rally in Hyde Park, calling for an end to cuts. Protestors cheered when some union leaders called for a general strike and booed the leader of the Labour Party, Ed Milliband when he said that any future Labour government would also have to make cuts. In one part of the demonstration, disabled protestors chained themselves together across a busy junction in central London, stopping the traffic, demanding an end to savage cuts to benefits for disabled people, which see people with severe illness or disability being declared fit for work and their benefits cut - a situation which has led to many deaths including suicides (see video above).