A message of support from Len McCluskey

Posted on Thu 6th Oct 2011, 3:44pm
This is a message from Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite, Britain and Ireland's biggest trade union. See also the message of support from Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of PCS.

The NHS, built by our forebears, sits at the heart of our communities today.

This government has no right to take this beloved institution from the people of this country.

Their Health bill is unwanted. The changes are untested. They do nothing to put the patient first or deliver equal health improvements. What they will do is shatter the one institution which for decades has cared for the people of this nation regardless of income and hasten its fall into the arms of the privateers.

Time and again health professionals have warned that this bill will cause inequality and division. But the government refuses to listen. Little wonder then that people are asking what will it take to defend our NHS?

Peaceful protest by individuals may now be the only way to get this government to stop.

So Unite commends UK Uncut for challenging this bill. This government must not to be allowed to take from us what is ours. It is our National Health Service. We must not let them destroy it.

Len McCluskey
General Secretary

Join UK Uncut and members of Unite, PCS and other unions as we Block the Bridge, Block the Bill this Sunday.

A message of support from Mark Serwotka

Posted on Wed 5th Oct 2011, 5:48pm
This is a message from Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of PCS, one of the country's biggest trade unions. UK Uncut supported PCS and other unions on the June 30th strike with the Big Society Breakfast.

UK Uncut has described the threat to our NHS as an ‘emergency’ and it is absolutely right.

The government’s Health and Social Care Bill represents the gravest threat to the NHS, one of our nation’s finest achievements, since its foundation.

On behalf of PCS, I offer full support to UK Uncut and believe that, from those early sit- down protests in Top Shop and Vodafone to broader campaigns in defence of the NHS, its activists have been an inspiration in how they have shifted the debate about public spending and public services.

Peaceful protest and civil disobedience have a long and proud history in this country, and are a perfectly legitimate response to plans that no one voted for and no one wants.

This protest will send an important message of support to the brilliant doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers who work day in, day out to make our health service the envy of the world. And an equally important message of opposition to a Tory-led government trying to unpick all of this.

Activists from UK Uncut were there when civil servants, teachers and lecturers took strike action on 30 June, and we are there for them now as they seek to keep our NHS public.

Mark Serwotka
General Secretary
Public and Commercial Services Union

Join UK Uncut, members of PCS and other unions as we Block the Bridge, Block the Bill this Sunday.

Join the Clown Doctors on the Bridge

Posted on Wed 5th Oct 2011, 5:22pm

On Sunday 9th, as part of UK Uncut’s Block the Bridge, Block the Bill, a group of comedians, musicians and other talented attention-seekers will, for one day only, become THE CLOWN DOCTORS to save the NHS. (Like Patch Adams but without Robin Williams’ nauseating presence.)

You don’t have to be in a union to resist the cuts. Even precarious freelancers can fight. And on Sunday we’ll be on Westminster bridge with thousands of others to tell Andrew Lansley that he’ll be eating hospital food or, at the very least, going home in a London ambulance.

The Clown Doctors will be performing a one-off spectacular show in the very centre of Westminster Bridge. Lineup is still to be totally confirmed but you can be sure its stellar nature will delight and surprise. Already confirmed:

Josie Long
Mark Thomas
Alastair Barrie
Nick Revel
Chris Coltrane
Grace Petri
and many, many more.

The show starts at 1.30pm in the middle of the bridge. Look for the massive banner that says: ‘Alternative Reality Tour.’

Josie Long is currently on the Alternative Reality Tour, a strange and delightful tour of spontaneous free shows spreading the anti-cuts message around the country. Check out the website for dates near you.
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