A SWANSEA teacher was due to set out on a walk to London this weekend, to draw attention to the Government's handling of the economic crisis.
Steffan ap Dafydd is one of three union representatives making the trek from Cardiff to the capital, to join a TUC organised protest, A Future that Works on October 20, expressing opposition to the coalition's programme of austerity.
Mr ap Dafydd, who represents the National Union of Teachers, recently retired from teaching at Cefn Hengoed School.
He said: "180 years ago, only one in five men, and no women, had the vote.
"The rich kept workers down and bent the law to keep trade unions out.
"The descendants of those rich boys do not care about you and me. They still cut tax for themselves and cut pay and benefits for teachers, other working people, the poor, the disabled and pensioners."
Mr ap Dafydd, who lives in Port Talbot, is being joined on the walk by Cerith Griffiths of the Fire Brigades Union, and Richard Evans, of the Public and Commercial Services Union.
The trio have spent two months training for the week- long journey, and were due to leave from the Senedd today.
They are being backed by Bethan Jenkins AM, the Plaid member for South Wales West.
She said: "I fully support these men and the cause they are walking for, and will be joining them for part of the walk. In addition, myself and Mick Antoniw AM have raised a Statement of Opinion, calling on our fellow Assembly Members to back these men."
The walkers will pass through Swindon and Reading before reaching London on October 19.