Austerity means the people pay

24 September 2014

Gary Wareing, ASLEF's delegate to the Labour Party conference from Hull, told a packed Labour Representation Committee meeting that the financial crisis caused by the banking crash in 2008 has still not been solved. ‘The government’s answer has been to introduce austerity, budget cuts, job losses, and the lowering of living standards of working people,’ he said. ‘Austerity means the people pay.’ Gary was speaking alongside Jeremy Corbyn, Labour MP for Islington North; John McDonnell, Labour MP for Hayes & Harlington; and the author activist and newspaper columnist Owen Jones. Gary said that neither Ed Balls nor Chuka Umunna had gone far enough in their policy announcements. ‘We want real increases in the minimum wage, the end to fees for employment tribunals, and the end of zero hours contracts.’

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