Austerity protest set to visit town

Demonstrators take part in a march through Manchester
Demonstrators take part in a march through Manchester

CAMPAIGNERS marching across the region to demand an end to austerity politics will pass through the borough this weekend.

The People’s March Against Austerity will arrive at Wigan Pier on Friday evening and depart again from the town’s Unite office on Saturday, visiting Ince and Hindley on its way to Atherton.

The march is part of a longer four-day route which protestors unhappy with Government policies will take from The Wirral to Manchester, where the Conservative Party conference is taking place.

The walkers’ arrival in the city centre on Sunday will coincide with a huge anti-austerity demonstration planned by the Trades Union Council (TUC), which up to 100,000 people are expected to attend.

Organisers including The People’s Assembly hope Wiganers will turn out to meet the marchers and perhaps walk with them for a few miles to raise awareness of a huge range of issues and alternative political ideas.

Greater Manchester Association of TUC president Stephen Hall said: “All the Tory Party movers and shakers will be in Manchester for the conference so the TUC has planned a week of activities to say we don’t want them here, if they are here this is what we want and don’t come back.

“We will look at all the issues the Government is trying to put forward such as the trade unions bill, fracking, the housing crisis and problems with welfare cuts.

“It also includes things we would prefer to see. I’ve been campaigning on creating a million green jobs to tackle our energy needs and give us a sustainable future.

“I would expect a vocal, loud and colourful march and I hope there will be a good reception in Wigan.”

The march will enter the borough in Billinge on Friday afternoon and get to its destination at The Orwell pub at around 5pm.

The following day the walkers will leave the Unite office on Hallgate and 9am and walk along the A577 through Higher Ince, Hindley and Hindley Green.

The march then goes down Common Lane in Westleigh at around 11am, arriving in Atherton just before noon for a lunch break. In the afternoon the event will pass through Tyldesley and Mosley Common on its way to Eccles.

The following day the walkers leave Salford Museum and Art Gallery to join the main TUC march in Manchester city centre.

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