Sunday, 5 December 2010

EVENT: “Merseyside United Againts the Cuts" March and Rally

Saturday 11th December at 11am
Assemble at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Hope Street at 11am

A decision was taken on Wednesday night (24th November) at a meeting of Merseyside Public Sector Alliance to organise a massive march and rally in opposition to cuts in public jobs and services. The event will take place on Saturday 11thDecember and has already gained the support of Merseyside TUC (and Sefton, Wirral and Liverpool local TUCs), NUT (National Union of Teachers, UCU (Union of Colleges & Universities), FBU (Fire Brigades Union) as well as Sefton, Wirral, Women Against the Cuts campaign groups, PCS, RMT, and Unite the Union 522 Branch.

Following yesterday’s massive demonstration by Merseyside students the meeting also agreed to invite a speaker from Liverpool students as well as;

Len McCluskey General Secretary elect of Unite the Union;
Alex Gordon President RMT (Rail, Sea & Transport trade union);
Mark Serwotka General Secretary PCS (Public & Civil Servants trade union);
Joe Higgins Irish Socialist Euro MEP;
Campaigner Keep our NHS Public Campaign.

Confirmed speakers include

Julie Lyon-Taylor NUT (teachers union) NEC Member
Doreen McNally Women Against the Cuts
Roger Bannister Unison NEC (in a personal capacity)
Alec McFadden President Merseyside TUC & Chair of Merseyside Public Sector Alliance will chair the rally.

Alec McFadden Chair of Merseyside Public Sector Alliance says
“This demonstration and rally is to continue to keep the public aware of “alternatives” to government cuts and to build the momentum for the national TUC demonstration in London on 26th March 2011. The TUC target is to have 1,000,000 people in London on the 26th March demonstrating against the Tory / Lib-Dem Coalition cuts and demanding they reverse their decision to cut public sector jobs and services and listen to the real alternative. Five trains are scheduled to travel down to London from the North West - 3 from the NUT and 2 from Unite the Union. Other unions are also considering rail and coach travel. Merseyside are simply carrying out national TUC policy to unite the community with the trade union movement in opposition to cuts, which create real poverty and hardship, when combined with job losses in the public sector and NHS and welfare benefit cuts. We are also pleased that both the Metropolitan and Anglican Cathedrals are assisting us.”

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