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March on 10 April to defend services and welfare state

Issue No. 2194

Two crucial protests for those battling to defend the welfare state and public services will take place in London and Glasgow on Saturday 10 April.

Many national unions are backing the protests. Dave Prentis, Unison union general secretary, has urged union members to join him in London.

He said, “There has never been a more urgent time to show our support for public services.

“It is a fact that the public services are doing more to help people through this recession.”

The protests are just a month before the general election.

“We are concerned about what any party will do when it’s elected,” said Shirley Whitman, the secretary of the Welsh region of the National Pensioners Convention (NPC).

“The government has found money for the banks. It should do the same for the welfare state. It’s so important that we defend public services,” said Bill Jupp, who lives in Maston, Oxford, and is a member of the NPC national committee.

“The very little we have is already coming under attack. We need to let politicians of all parties know what we want.”

The protest is not just for pensioners, but for all trade unionists, students and activists.

“I would hope to see lots of younger trade unionists on the protest,” says Bill.

Defending the welfare state and public services march and rally, assemble 12 noon, Saturday 10 April, the Embankment, London. Glasgow march assembles at 9.30am, University Avenue

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Tue 23 Mar 2010, 19:30 GMT
Issue No. 2194
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