Stop the Cuts rally and Fireman’s strike, London – photos

Stop the Cuts rally, London and Fireman's strike

A few days after the government announced massive spending cuts, a rally was held at Congress House, central London to mobilise opposition .

The Tory chancellor, George Osborne, wants to see cuts of £81 billion, which would result in the loss of hundreds of thousands of  public sector jobs.

The rally coincided with a strike by the Fire Brigade Union, who had gone out after the London Fire Brigade formally began the legal process of terminating the employment contracts of 5,600 London firefighters.

Stop the Cuts rally, London and Fireman's strike

Stop the Cuts rally, London and Fireman's strike

Stop the Cuts rally, London and Fireman's strike

Stop the Cuts rally, London and Fireman's strike

Sporting a natty hat, Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union general secretary Bob Crow was in fine form and richly deserved the standing ovation at the end of his impassioned speech.

Stop the Cuts rally, London and Fireman's strike

Stop the Cuts rally, London and Fireman's strike

Stop the Cuts rally, London and Fireman's strike

‘No to cuts’

Stop the Cuts rally, London and Fireman's strike

Firemen out on the picket line at Euston fire station.

Stop the Cuts rally, London and Fireman's strike

Stop the Cuts rally, London and Fireman's strike

Stop the Cuts rally, London and Fireman's strike