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20 October TUC demo: 'We want to make this one even bigger'

Trade unionists around the country spoke to Socialist Worker about their efforts to make the 20 October TUC protest a day to remember

Issue No. 2316

“My Unison branch has booked 100 seats on a regionally organised train. We want to take more people than we did on 26 March last year. The cuts in the NHS are no longer a worry, but a reality. Workers don't want to continue to pay.

“This government is putting the NHS into reverse. People know we need to force change. We’re setting up a reps’ group to organise leafleting workplaces.”

Caroline Ridgeway, mental health worker in Manchester

“Colleagues in my union are signing up because things have got worse. Private sector workers realise it’s not just a public sector issue.'

Zoe Mayou, Unite rep from Coventry trades council

“In Hackney we’re holding organising meetings, and a public meeting towards the end of September. Meanwhile, we’re getting leaflets out—on the streets and in workplaces.”

Andy Ridley, Unison member at Barts hospital in London

“There’s an unprecedented response. Wales TUC has employees solely concentrating on the demo. There’s a strong push to get trades councils organising their own coaches. This didn't happen before. My feeling is that the turnout will be larger than last time.”

Richard Morse from Torfaen trades council

Everyone can do something

  • Get your trade union branch or student union to pass a motion backing the protest and book a coach or train.

  • Get leaflets from your union or the TUC to give out in your workplace, college or community.

  • Pledge to join the protest at

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Tue 14 Aug 2012, 17:44 BST
Issue No. 2316
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