30th June 2011
Stuart Jeffery, Chair of Kent Green Party spoke at the protest outside County Hall in Maidstone and Maidstone Greens were out in force at the protest rallies outside County Hall and the earlier one by Oakwood Park schools. The Greens have condemned the coalition for their ideological attack on the public sector and Labour's opposition to the strikes. They have stated that while the disruption was regretable, it was necessary.
Stuart Jeffery, Chair of Kent Green Party and Coordinator for Maidstone: "We were proud to stand alongside workers protesting at the immoral and unjust cuts to their pensions, jobs and livelihoods. Cameron, Clegg, Osbourne and Cable should be ashamed at their actions that are simply being taken to protect their rich friends at the expense of ordinary workers. Even Labour have deserted the workers with their shameful condemnation of the strikes this morning.
"The government claims that the country is broke, but they are letting super rich individuals and large corporations get away with tax evasion estimated to be around £100bn. Why should workers face pension cuts and job losses, and why should ordinary people face cuts to services just so the rich can feather their beds? Stealing from the poor to give to the rich is obscene.
"The government seems wedded to an ideology that is not based on fact. The country has proportionally less debt now that it had through half of the last century. The public sector is affordable, their pensions are affordable and while we regret the disruption the action is causing, these are worth fighting for.
"Teachers are being asked to work longer, pay 50% more for their pensions and get less when they retire, yet the government's respose is to ask parents to volunteer and to let negotiations fail. Action was clearly necessary."