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All eyes on CSP strikers

1 December 2011 - 6:31pm

CSP members in England, Scotland and Wales on Wednesday formed pickets and joined rallies in huge numbers to protest against the government’s attack on their pensions.

The massive turnout, reflecting the 86 per cent ballot result, was seen in widespread media coverage.

‘Members have demonstrated their anger over these pensions proposals by turning out in huge numbers,’ said Alex MacKenzie, chair of the CSP’s industrial relations committee.

‘Physiotherapy staff are committed healthcare professionals who would rather be caring for patients than worrying about their pensions.’

Their efforts made the event a huge success, she said.

‘I’d like to say a massive thank you for what has turned out to be a fantastic demonstration of determination by CSP members to protect their pensions.’

Not only were physiotherapy staff well represented on the picket lines, out in big numbers on marches and put to the front of rally speaking lists, but they also made the headlines across national and local media.

‘CSP members and stewards did themselves proud with a very high profile in all the events of the day, and in the media coverage,’ Ms MacKenzie added.

‘This comes on top of the society’s representatives gaining high visibility in the coverage in the newspapers and on TV and radio in the days leading up to the day of action.’

The CSP's video interviews with members outside the Royal London Hospital received over 500 viewings by Thursday morning.

The CSP Twitter account had hundreds of mentions and there was widespread coverage on live feeds such as the Guardian newspaper’s.

The focus on pensions now switches to the scheme specific negotiations.  More on the next stages of the campaign will be on the CSP website and in next week’s Frontline.

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