More than 150,000 people came to London last Saturday to protest against austerity measures and march for A Future That Works. The rally was organised by the Trade Union Congress, the national trade union centre in the UK representing the vast majority of organised workers.

The protest raised attention to UK’s long-term economic problems and to the fact that the UK will see less jobs given that the government is focusing on the deficit. Trade unions suggest that the government should aim to create new jobs, especially for young people, and encourage companies to raise pay, penalise big bonuses and invest in training and long-term growth.

Among the speakers at the event was also Ed Miliband, Leader of Labour Party, and before I got on the stage we had a brief conversation. I took the opportunity to bring up the lack of progress on climate change negotiations.


20 October 2012 Kumi Naidoo and Ed Miliband at the TUC rally, London
 

For those of you who were not able to come to London, here’s a quick video with some of the points I raised during my short speech: