LIVE: Plymouth activists head to London for service cuts protest
UNION leaders will today call for a general strike as Plymouth activists join a London rally against Government austerity measures.
Tens of thousands of workers, anti-war campaigners, politicians and other activists were converging on the capital this morning.
Labour leader Ed Miliband will be among dozens of speakers at a rally in Hyde Park, joining union officials who will spell out the impact of spending cuts on public services.
Plymouth city councillor Philippa Davey was among the volunteers joining the campaign.
Ms Davey, a regional support officer for the University and College Union, said: "It's important for people to stand shoulder to shoulder to show that there is an alternative to austerity, because that isn't working.
"The next stage might be a general strike. There is no General Election due. The only way ordinary working people can show their dissatisfaction is to withdraw their labour."
There have been growing calls for the TUC to organise a general strike since last year's day of industrial action by public sector workers over controversial pension reforms.
Today's events are intended as a call on the coalition to end its public sector spending cuts and other unpopular policies.
Mark Serwotka, leader of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, will call for co-ordinated strikes to be held as soon as possible.
Up to 90 coaches were understood to be heading from the South West to London today.
Nigel Costley, regional secretary of the South West TUC, said: "Our country faces long-term economic problems, but our political leaders have failed to face up to them.
"If the Government keeps on with big spending cuts and austerity we face a lost decade."
Herald reporter Keith Rossiter will be tweeting from the heart of the protest today.
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