October, tens of thousands of people from across the UK and Northern Ireland
were marching to take part in’ A Future That Works’. Organised by the Trades
Union Congress (TUC) , the Scottish TUC and the Congress of Trade Unions'
Northern Ireland Committee, to protest against the government's austerity
policies, it demanded that the government adopts an alternative economic
strategy that puts jobs, growth and people first. As well as a march and rally
in London, marches and rallies took place in Glasgow and Belfast.
European Federation of Journalists and its affiliates supported the
demonstration. EFJ President Arne König said: “Throughout Europe, and not only
in Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy, our unions are fighting against
austerity plans of governments which are putting the future of journalism at
Secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: "Members of the NUJ were marching
with thousands of fellow trade unionists, students, pensioners and families on
Saturday to protest about the remorseless and wrong-headed cuts that are
damaging livelihoods and lives across the UK. Journalists were amongst the
marchers because our industry has been particularly badly hit in recent years,
as owners of media companies opportunistically seized the chance to cull staff,
cut costs and close newspapers altogether, leaving a frightening democratic
deficit in our local communities. She said that NUJ members will continue to
stand up for journalism.
Boumelha IFJ President added: “It is incomprehensible that the international
financial institutions are still pursuing structural adjustment and fiscal
austerity, even when it seems evident that this totally incoherent approach is
an illusion and has destroyed millions of jobs including thousands of
journalists jobs. The IFJ is supporting the ITUC global campaign for the World
Bank and IMF to abandon their approach to ‘growth through austerity’ and
re-examine all of their policies through the ‘jobs lens’. We congratulate the
NUJ and its members for being part of the fight back and joining the wider
labour movement to march for the alternative.”
which is a regional organization of the International Federation of
journalists, represents over 310,000 journalists in over 30 countries.
information, contact the EFJ at +32 2 235.2200.