The British Trades Union Congress (TUC) organised a massive march and rally on 26th March 2011 which brought at least half a million trade unionists and others on to the streets of London to protest against the Coalition government's austerity measures and the effect they are having on public services, public sector jobs and the likely effect they'd have on the economy.
One thing that let that day down was the invitation to Ed Miliband to address the rally.
The Labour Party introduced many of the things about which they now complain, from the privatisation of the NHS to Work Fare, and have got on board with the government's austerity programme, albeit saying they'd cut a little slower.
Given that Ed Miliband is the leader of the Labour Party we the undersigned feel it would be inappropriate for him to be given a platform at a march against his own party's policies.
We the undersigned call on the TUC to ensure that there is no platform for Ed Miliband or any other politician at the A Future That Works march and rally who doesn't pledge to:
1) support the fight against ill considered, ideological austerity measures,
2) repeal the current anti-trade union laws introduced under Margaret Thatcher's government,
3) restore Health & Safety, employment and equality legislation,
4) support the TUC's own campaigns against an increased retirement age, Work Fare, welfare cuts, public sector cuts and privatisation.
Politicians want our support. We believe it only right that they pledge to support us first.