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Join Unite's protest at Labour conference

Issue No. 2064

Unite, Britain’s largest union, has called a demonstration at the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth on Sunday 23 September.

The demonstration, titled “March with a message for Labour”, is aimed at winning crucial rights for workers.

Some of the key demands are:

  • Employment rights to protect jobs
  • Equal rights for agency workers
  • Pension protection
  • An end to offshoring – quality, secure jobs for all
  • Build affordable housing for working people
  • End the privatisation of public services
  • Stronger corporate manslaughter legislation

Unite, which was formed by the merger of the T&G and Amicus unions, is organising to get members and their families to the demonstration.

Union power

Workers in other trade unions can rally around Unite’s demands and make 23 September a huge show of union power.

A Unite member who is an aerospace worker told Socialist Worker, “It is clear that after Gordon Brown’s coronation, New Labour is continuing in the same way.

“There are the same attacks on pay and pensions, no improvements in workers’ rights, and the continuing haemorrhaging of manufacturing jobs.

“The march is a real opportunity for workers in all sectors to send a message to Brown and New Labour.

“The issues that the march is taking up affect all trade unionists. It is important that other trade unions are represented.”

Mike Thompson, the chair of Amicus Leicester East 0064 branch, said, “There is a lot of enthusiasm for the demonstration inside the union. At my branch meeting every person there said they would be attending and that they would be going out to get others to attend.

“Unite has booked a train for 600 members and their families from Derby, Loughborough and Leicester.”

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Tue 14 Aug 2007, 18:05 BST
Issue No. 2064
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