Friday, 4 March 2011
Letter from General Secretary of Unison D Prentis
I have reproduced a letter from Dave Prentis, General Secretary of Unison, urging all members to particiapate in the big march on the 26 March.
.....Join us on 26 March On 26 March 2011, thousands of people will march for public services in London, to tell the government that savage spending cuts are unnecessary and unfair. I'd like to invite you to join us on the TUC march. When the Tory-led government was elected, it promised us that it would protect front line services, that it would protect the NHS and that it would protect the most vulnerable in our society. But now 140,000 local government jobs are to go in England and Wales alone this year, 50,000 jobs will go in our NHS; police staff roles are being cut and across the UK vital local services are being axed. Inevitably those who lose out will be the vulnerable that the government vowed to protect. The impact on our communities could be devastating. Research shows that cuts to public services hit the poorest the hardest: services such as SureStart, giving our very youngest children a fair start in life; the education maintenance allowance that enabled hundreds of thousands of young people to stay on in education; pensions for low-paid workers that are now coming under attack. Meanwhile, the bankers keep their bonuses, their massive profits and their tax loopholes. UNISON is speaking up for a fairer way, to protect your schools, your hospitals, your communities, your jobs and your pensions. On 26 March we'll be marching for the public services that we hold dear. Join us with your friends, your family and your colleagues. If you've never been on a march before then this is the one to come on. Secretary