A FIGHT against austerity will be staged by Wearsiders as they take their pleas to the capital.
Coachloads of protesters will head to London from Sunderland to take part in the national End Austerity Now march through the city.
Ahead of the June event, Sunderland’s People Assembly will gather trade union reps, members of the Labour Party and others for a debate.
It will set out how people can play a part in taking action if they disagree with the new Government’s planned cuts in welfare and funding.
Mark Tyers, who is an organiser with the campaign group, said: “The Tories are absolutely intent on destroying our public services, the NHS, education system and for anybody who is not rich.
“We’ve got good reason to believe it will be destructive for our economy and there will be an increase in the deficit and tax, as more people will be out of work not paying tax.
The Tories are absolutely intent on destroying our public services, the NHS, education system and for anybody who is not rich.Mark Tyers of Sunderland’s People Assembly
“The talk will help people find out how they can respond and what they can do to stop austerity, and stop the destruction of the welfare state.”
He added unions could be looking to take strike action, while services such as A&Es could struggle under cutbacks.
The Wearside meeting will take place on Saturday, May 23, from 11.30am at St Mary’s Church in Bridge Street.
The march in London will be held on Saturday, June 20.
Buses will leave from outside The Point in Holmeside at 6.15am, with a stop also planned outside South Shields Town Hall at 5.45am.
Tickets are £30 for those in work, £20 for students and pensioners, and £10 for the unemployed. Places can be booked via the Eventbite website.