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Spread the anti-austerity message, CSP urges London rally

14 March 2013 - 10:23am

‘Austerity is having an impact on communities right across Britain,’ warned Lesley Mercer the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s director of employment relations and union services at a TUC rally held last night ahead of the chancellor’s budget announcement next week.


Physiotherapy delegates to the TUC women's conference and CSP staff at the Future that Works rally. Photo: Janina Struk

The rally - ‘A Future for Families, a Future that Works’ - heard from speakers from all the main trade union organisations.

Chairing the rally Ms Mercer said that Britain was in the middle of the deepest depression for over one hundred years.

She called on people to ‘keep active’ in both their unions and their communities to drive home the message that austerity was not working.

Speaking from the Future that Works rally, Dr Penelope Jarrett recalls campaigning against the closure of the A&E department at Lewisham Hospital, while CSP stewards describe difficulties faced by NHS staff in other parts of England. Click to play video

Amongst the other speakers was Dave Prentis, Unison general secretary, who called for an end to ‘austerity for the poor’ and ‘no more tax handouts for the rich’.

He said that the union movement would fight most of all for the NHS and ‘kick out the privateers’ threatening to take it over.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady echoed his words calling for an ‘NHS owned by the public and accountable to the public not private profiteers.'


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