Trade unionists head to protest

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HUNDREDS of South Yorkshire trade unionists are preparing to travel to London this weekend for a protest march against the Government’s austerity measures.

The event is taking place on Saturday and coachloads of trades union members will be making the trip.

A special train has been chartered from Sheffield.

Lee Simpson, an organiser for the GMB union in Rotherham, said: “If the Government keeps on with big spending cuts and austerity we face a lost decade.

“To close the deficit we need a healthy growing economy that generates tax income. But austerity has led to a vicious circle of decline.

“Instead of just letting the banks go back to business and bonuses as usual, we need policies that promote new and old industries. This new approach would create jobs, especially for young people.”

Sheffield Council worker Joanne Smeaton, from Manor, who is also heading to the demonstration, said: “I’m marching as a council employee who hasn’t had a pay rise in three years, I’m marching as a single mum who has worked full time all her children’s lives to provide a stable home.

“I’m also marching as a Sheffield lass to make sure my city can keep growing, and as a woman who has a voice and will use it to say, ‘We need change, we need growth and we need it now’.”

The protest comes as South Yorkshire’s councils announced further spending cuts and big job losses.