The People’s Assembly has launched this statement with a letter to the Guardian following the government's recent attacks on the trade unions
The government's announcement of an inquiry into trade union tactics is further proof of its determination to undermine the right to protest against its austerity programme (Report, 19 November). David Cameron's speech at the recent lord mayor's banquet shows that the government is determined that there will be no end to austerity.
The trade unions' customary right to strike and the right to protest are fundamental liberties that have already been significantly restricted by anti-union laws and other legislation. This inquiry is a new Tory-Lib Dem assault on the unions, demonstrated by the fact that the appointed chairman is the former QC for British Airways who led the attack on Unite the Union during the previous dispute between Unite and BA in 2011.
As millions of people face falling real wages, unemployment, part-time or casualised low-paid work, and the rapid destruction or privatisation of the welfare state, they need trade union organisation and the right to protest more than ever.
We pledge to resist this attack.
The right to protest is a fundamental civil liberty. The right to join an effective trade union is the product of generations of working-class resistance. We have no intention of relinquishing it to a government with no interests in the needs of working people.
Len McCluskey Unite the Union, Mark Serwotka Public and Commercial Services Union, Christine Blower National Union of Teachers, Michelle Stanistreet National Union of Journalists, Manuel Cortes Transport Salaried Staffs' Association, Billy Hayes Communication Workers Union, Mick Whelan Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen, Tony Benn, Maxine Peake Actor, Sam Fairbairn Secretary, The People's Assembly, Steve Turner Unite the Union, and Chair, The People's Assembly, Romayne Phoenix Co-chair, The People's Assembly, Owen Jones Journalist and The People's Assembly, Jeremy Corbyn MP, John McDonnell MP , Matt Wrack Fire Brigades Union, Caroline Lucas MP, Mark Steel Comedian, Francesca Martinez Comedian, Carolyn Jones Institute of Employment Rights, Andrew Murray Unite the Union, Dave Smith Blacklist Support Group, Kevin Courtney NUT Deputy general secretary, Ian Lawrence Napo, Zita Holborne Black Activists Rising Against Cuts, Lindsey German Stop the War Coalition, Kate Hudson, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Roger Lloyd Pack Actor, Lee Jasper Black Activists Rising Against Cuts, Aaron Keily Black Students Officer, NUS, Alex Kenny NUT national executive, John Rees Counterfire, Paul Mackney former general secretary, UCU, Salma Yaqoob, James Meadway Senior economist, New Economics Foundation John Hilary War on Want, Rob Griffiths Communist Party of Britain, Hilary Wainwright Red Pepper, Andrew Burgin Left Unity, Roy Bailey singer/songwriter, Mark Barratt Occupy campaigner, Clare Solomon former president, ULU, Fred Le-Plat Socialist Resistance
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