Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

March 06, 2009 08:05 ET

Fire Brigades Union Backs the Launch of the People's Charter for Change

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 6, 2009) - On Wednesday 11th March 2009 10.30 am a new political initiative will be launched in the Jubilee Room at the House of Commons. The Peoples Charter for Change is a major campaign whose growing number of prominent supporters include the leaders of 11 trade unions including Bob Crow (General Secretary RMT) Matt Wrack (General Secretary FBU) and Tony Woodley (General Secretary UNITE).

Support has also come from a number of high profile individuals including Doreen Lawrence, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Professor Keith Ewing, Saffron Burrows, Peter Tatchell, John Hendy QC, Imran Khan (solicitor), Tony Benn, Ken Loach, Max Stafford-Clark, Mark Steel plus community campaigners.

The aim of the Charter is to create a movement with over one million people in Britain signing up to 6 key principles:

- A fairer economy for a fairer Britain

- More and better jobs

- Decent homes for all

- Save and improve public services

- For a fair and just Britain

- For a future without war

Other key elements of the People's Charter include a commitment to justice and fairness, a demand to the end of the wars that have seen billions of pounds wasted and hundreds of thousands of lives lost. The People's Charter is also clear that public sector services should remain in the public sector and that public services that have in the past been hived off to the highest bidder should be brought back into public ownership.

Matt Wrack General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union who has supported the People's Charter since its inception said:

"With the appalling economic conditions that millions of working people are now facing the time is right to assess the best way to make sure all the people of this country get a fair deal from our government. Talk to ordinary working people like I do and you can see there is real anger that the banks have been allowed to behave with impunity while working people of this country have to pay the price for this incompetence with their jobs and their homes.

"Ask those who work in the fire service if they think public services like the Royal Mail should be sold off to the highest bidder and you will get a resounding no. It is time that we had the policies that will help the vast majority of this country and not a tiny minority from the square mile of the City of London.

"That is why this Charter and what it stands for is so important - it will deliver a verdict from the court of public opinion that demands the programmes, the policies and the investment that will support ordinary working people."

John McDonnell MP one of the cofounders in the creation of The People's Charter said:

"People want to see a real alternative and real change. It is only a matter of a few weeks since we first came up with the idea of the Peoples Charter and since then there has been a growing movement of people who want to be part of it. We clearly have a momentum behind the values and principles of The People's Charter for Change.

"Ordinary people up and down the country are crying out for the policies that will protect jobs and see investment in the programmes that will tackle this economic crisis. Our job in the coming months will be to capture that support, providing a voice for the millions of people who aren't being listened to right now."

To coincide with the launch of the Peoples Charter for Change, the results of a specially commissioned opinion poll that will show the mood of the country will be released.

Notes To Editors

- The Launch of the Peoples Charter for Change will take place in the Jubilee Room at the House of Commons at 10.30 March 11th 2009.

- Bob Crow, John McDonald and Matt Wrack will be launching the official Peoples Charter for Change in the Jubilee Rooms and will be joined by other leading trade union leaders as well as other MPs and activists.

- The full demands of the Charter can be read by visiting http://www.thepeoplescharter.com/.

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