date: 1 July 2011
embargo: 00.01hrs Saturday 2 July 2011
Speaking at the London Pride parade today (Saturday) TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber will urge lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people to join the TUC's campaign against cuts to public spending.
At a rally in Trafalgar Square this afternoon, Brendan Barber will say (check against delivery):
'It's great to be here today. I'm proud to bring greetings and solidarity from the TUC and the six million workers we represent.
'I'm proud that the trade union movement and Britain's LGBT communities have forged such strong links, and proud that our sponsorship has helped keep Pride a free event for so many years.
'We meet this year at a critical time - as the government forces through the fastest, deepest cuts in living memory. These reckless spending cuts will put LGBT equality at grave risk.
'Not just the massive reduction in local authority funding for voluntary sector groups, nor just the cancellation of gender reassignment surgery on the NHS, but also the colossal cut in police spending, which will undermine the fight against hate crime. The government's education reforms will give a green light to more faith schools - a recipe for more prejudice against LGBT pupils and staff.
'So my message today is this: unions and LGBT groups must make common cause in the fight against the government's agenda. Together we need to get organised, get active, and get campaigning.
'I want LGBT people to be at the heart of the TUC's progressive coalition against austerity. Let's build a rainbow alliance against the cuts.
'I was proud that there were so many LGBT people on our March for the Alternative in the spring, and it's vital we build on that momentum.
'Let's be clear about one thing. Black and white, men and women, young and old, gay, straight, bi or trans - when it comes to fighting these cuts, we're all in it together. So in the weeks and months ahead, let's work together, campaign together and fight together for a fairer and more equal Britain.'
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- The London Pride parade sets off at 1pm today (Saturday) from Baker Street and heads along Oxford Street and Regent Street, ending up in Trafalgar Square for a rally at 3pm at which TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber will speak. For more information on the TUC's involvement in Pride please call TUC LGBT Policy Officer Peter Purton on 020 7467 1271, or email [email protected]
- The TUC has produced a leaflet on how the cuts will impact on LGBT people which is available at www.tuc.org.uk/tucfiles/37/TUCPride2011leaflet.pdf
- All TUC press releases can be found at www.tuc.org.uk
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Liz Chinchen T: 020 7467 1248 M: 07778 158175 E: [email protected]
Issued: 2 July, 2011