Date: 22 October 2016
Venue: Haven Point, Pier Parade, South Shields, NE33 2JS
Show your support at a March and Rally in South Shields to Defend our local hospital and NHS.
Assemble outside of Haven Point, Pier Parade, South Shields, NE33 2JS at 11.30AM and March with us to the Marketplace for our Rally at 12.30.
Further details can also be found on our website www.savesouthtynesidehospital.org
The main aim of the demonstration is to campaign against the government’s austerity cuts agenda and “Sustainability & Transformation Plans” which will result in the downgrading of our hospital. Our A&E will be downgraded to deal with “Urgent Care” only. This will also greatly impact services in Sunderland. Please join us in our campaign to save our Hospital and its acute services. We will fight together for our NHS. Please bring along your banners to the demonstration.
If you require any further information contact email@example.com or 07939107894.
Tens of thousands of people (Estimates for the London rally range between 70,000 to 250,000) protested against the government's austerity policies on Saturday 20 June 2015 in an event organised by the Peoples Assembly.
“The Damage” is a series of reports from UNISON’s Local Government Section looking at some of the vital services provided by councils. The latest in the series is “Counting the cost: how cuts shrink women’s lives”, which details the cumulative impact of cutbacks across council services on women.
This report examines the impact of cuts to a range of services on women, including children’s centres, parks and open spaces, supported bus services and street lighting. Our findings demonstrate that cuts to public services shrink women’s lives, making it harder for women to get to or find work, feel like part of their community and feel safe when travelling at night.
The report is available online at the UNISON website: www.unison.org.uk/catalogue/22422.
On a sunny September Sunday (29 September) in Manchester 50,000 or more people marched through the streets and past the Tory Party Conference Centre to demand a stop to NHS cuts and privatisation.
The noisy and colourful procession culminated in Whitworth Park where trades union leaders gave voice to the concerns we all shared. Prominent among the speakers was UNISON's Dave Prentis.
UNISON banners lead the marchers and no union was better represented than UNISON. Our branch secretary Paul Gilroy did his bit to get the message across to the media (above) as well as carrying the branch banner the full length of the march!
Of course one march and rally is not going to sway the government but it does make a powerful statement and the sense of solidarity you get is priceless.
Although it is good news that some of Newcastle's libraries have remained open, concerns remain regarding both a community-run library and partnership approach, and what this would mean for staff and service users.
Read more in the Branch newsletter, 'Outlines, August 2013'
The use of volunteers in the public library service continues to increase and a number of councils have proposed to use volunteer run libraries as an alternative to the closure of public libraries.
UNISON has issued details of its policy on the use of volunteers in public libraries along with guidance for branches on how best to respond to the use of volunteers. It addresses issues such as preventing job substitution and whether or not the volunteers being used are actually entitled to be paid the National Minimum Wage.
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