Coventry Socialists support RMT members at City Link and continue NHS campaign

Coventry Socialists support RMT members at City Link and continue campaign against NHS cuts

Jane Nellist, secretary of Coventry TUC with RMT activists

Jane Nellist, secretary of Coventry TUC with RMT activists

The Socialist Party were campaigning across Coventry today. Party members supported RMT members at City Link who were leafletting outside Marks and Spencers in protest against attacks on their terms and conditions.

Socialist Party members in the City Centre

Socialist Party members in the City Centre

Elsewhere the campaign against attacks on our NHS continued, with campaign stalls set up Cheylesmore, Earlsdon and the city centre. Last week up to 60,000 people marched through Manchester in protest against the Tory attacks, and many Coventry people stopped to sign our petitions and take leaflets against NHS privatisation.

Richard Groves campaigning against NHS cuts

Richard Groves campaigning against NHS cuts

Party member Richard Groves reports

‘People are angry against cuts to the NHS. But it is not just our NHS under attack but all public services including council jobs and education, as well as the welfare state. We need a united fightback that opposes all cuts in jobs and services.’

The Socialist Party has a long history of campaigning against cuts to the health service, and will be continuing the fight over the coming weeks and months. It is a disgrace that the Tories are proposing to cuts NHS workers pay at a time that the cost of living is rising. But we need to remember that Labour can’t be trusted with the NHS – after all it was the Labour Party who told us that the Private Finance Initiative is the only game in town. We say the NHS must be kept as a public service, free at the point of use!

Thank you to everyone who stopped and signed our petitions and showed support, particularly those that made donations no matter how small. We rely on donations from ordinary people to keep our campaigns going, unlike the other parties we have no big business backers.

Party members in Earlsdon

Party members in Earlsdon

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Coventry trade unionists join massive protest at Tory Party conference in Manchester

Coventry trade unionists join massive protest at Tory Party conference in Manchester

Coventry Trades Council on the march

Coventry Trades Council on the march

Dozens of trade union members from Coventry and Warwickshire joined over 50,000 protestors today in Manchester against the Conservative Party conference. The annual gathering of the Tories was met by this huge protest made up of people disgusted with capitalist austerity. The start of the demonstration was delayed for some time due to the numbers arriving from all over the country. The protest was called against the privatisation of the NHS, and this was the main focus. However it was also an outlet for anger against many government policies – including the attacks on other public services and the bedroom tax.

Socialist Party trade union activists from NUT and Unite

Socialist Party trade union activists from NUT and Unite

There were huge contingents from many different unions, as well as student organisations. The march took place as teachers in the NUT and NASUWT prepare for action next week, as CWU members get ready to defeat Royal Mail privatisation, and the FBU who took action last week. This was a brilliant turnout in Manchester – now we need to link up and co-ordinate industrial action across the whole economy building for a 24 hour general strike.

Socialist Party members distributed thousands of leaflets outlining the way forward for the trade union movement and sold many copies of ‘The Socialist’ newspaper.