Friday, 1 July 2016

Reading Trades Union Council Rally’s for Jeremy Corbyn and Against Austerity

At the Executive Meeting of the Reading Trades Union Council on 28 June, it was unanimously agreed to organise a rally in support of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party and to uphold Corbyn’s principle of opposing austerity measures which are hurting the poorest, most vulnerable in society and seriously eroding our welfare state and NHS.

Jeremy Corbyn was elected as Labour leader by an overwhelming majority of Party members in 2015 (59.5% support in a four-candidate contest) and retains strong support in the country at large, including trade unionists and Party members. Indeed, he has brought many people who had become disillusioned with politics following five years of Tory-Liberal coalition and the election of David Cameron’s Conservative Government in May last year back into activism, with Labour Party membership increasing by 150,000 in the past year.

The pro-Corbyn rally will take place in the Forbury Gardens, in front of the Spanish Civil War monument, on Friday, 1 July, at 6pm. Chris Clark, executive member of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association, is a confirmed speaker and other speakers are being arranged for the event. Reading Trades Union Council urges all those who support our NHS and oppose the Conservative Government’s attacks on the welfare state to join the rally. For more details, please email RTUC on

Reading Chronicle, 30 June 2016, p. 6