The severe impact of the recession and subsequent flat growth in the economy has meant that the majority of the population are paying the price of the governments’ austerity policies.
We have seen the rise of new forms of protest including the Occupy protests, which are both unconventional and novel means of attracting media coverage to the inequalities and unfairness faced by so many today.
Midlands TUC Regional Secretary Rob Johnston said, “These protest raise important questions that will not go away, questions that resonate with many in the country who face cuts to jobs and services. These protests are quite different from traditional trade union protests but have struck a chord with many trade unionists and have the support of many in our movement. While the Occupy movement raise these questions our aim must be to continue raising the case for an economic alternative for jobs and growth.”