Manchester NHS Demo

30 September 2013

Mick Whelan has thanked all the ASLEF members who turned up to protest at the coalition government’s NHS cuts in Manchester on Sunday.

‘The Tories’ Age of Austerity is having a devastating effect on our communities and on our services. It is wrecking this country at a time when we desperately need to be rebuilding Britain.

‘The NHS has lost 21,000 jobs in the last three months. That’s bad news for the Health Service, bad news for the people who work in the Health Service, and bad news for the people – all of us – who use the National Health Service.

‘We need a government, and we need policies, which will rebuild Britain. Because, as Ed Miliband said last week, we are Better than This…’

ASLEF activists joined health care professionals, trade unionists, and progressive politicians from all round the country to demonstrate against the NHS ‘reforms’ – savage cuts which are breaking up the jewel in Britain’s welfare state crown – during the Conservative Party conference.

Mick said: ‘I’m proud of every one our members who turned up to tell this government where – and how – they’re going wrong.’

Police said 50,000 people joined the demonstration which set off from Liverpool Road shortly after midday, went through the city centre, and ended up with a rally in Whitworth Park.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said it was the biggest protest they had ever policed. It passed off peacefully.

‘It’s a shame this massive protest in Manchester, for the people and by the people, wasn’t fully and properly reported by all the media.’

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