Trade unionist Pat Sikorski explains to Erini Apostolidou how the huge bank bail-outs and the austerity measures sparked off a movement of opposition. Unionists from around the UK, inspired by the Chartists of the 1800s, got together to draft a new People’s Charter aiming for a fairer deal for ordinary working people.
Key points of the People’s Charter: take into public ownership the leading banks, insurance companies and mortgage industry. Ban hedge funds. Better jobs. Decent homes for all. Protection of all public services. Stop wasting money on the regeneration of nuclear weapons. Bring the troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan.