University of York Greens Add Support to New Anti-Austerity Initiative

The University of York Green Party voted on Wednesday to support the People’s Assembly Against Austerity, a newly launched initiative which aims to build a united anti-austerity movement in Britain.

The launch of the project, headed by the Coalition of Resistance – the UK’s largest anti-cuts organisation – was announced in a Guardian letter on the 5th February, and was supported by Green Party leader Natalie Bennett and Green MP Caroline Lucas, as well as 55 trade union General Secretaries and hundreds of other prominent figures.

The public assembly, which will be held on June 22nd in Westminster, London, will see hundreds gather to attempt to establish a coordinated campaign against government cuts, which campaigners believe are causing hardship for millions and failing to fix the economy.

Delegates from UoY Green Party will be attending the People’s Assembly and will be reporting on the day’s events.

Newly-elected University of York Green Party Chair, Nick Devlin, supporting the campaign, said ‘The government’s austerity strategy has produced failure after failure. As well as showing that austerity is a bad way of growing the economy, the government has also shown that it’s a bad way to cut the deficit.’

The resolution passed reads as follows:

People’s Assembly Against Austerity

The University of York Green Party supports the September 2012 TUC Congress resolution, that “the trade union movement must continue leading from the front against this uncaring government with a coalition of resistance taking coordinated action where possible with far-reaching campaigns including the consideration and practicalities of a general strike.”

In support of the aims of this resolution a number of Trade Union General Secretaries and anti-cuts organisations have supported the call for a People’s Assembly Against Austerity that aspires to build a movement for social justice and develop a strategy for resistance to mobilise millions of people, through trade unions and local community organisations, against the ConDem government.

The Assembly will provide a national forum to develop links between trade unions, trade union councils and grassroots community based campaigns, and to build confidence of those promoting anti-austerity views which, whilst increasingly popular, are barely represented in Parliament.

The University of York Green Party agrees to support the call for the People’s Assembly at Central Hall Westminster on Saturday 22 June 2013 and send two delegates.


Progressive writer, correspondent for Bright Green, musician and communications professional for democratic reform group.

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