Workers and the community turn out to defend the Whittington
Saturday 16 March saw thousands of demonstrators turn out to send a loud and clear message to the Con-Dem government - if you want to attack our hospital, you will have to come through us first! The huge passion generated by the campaign to save jobs and services at north London’s Whittington Hospital was demonstrated by the large turnout despite the pouring rain and howling wind. The Unite contingent was noisy and lively - by far the best organised trade union contingent on the demo, with our red flags prominent.
One of the keynote speakers was regional secretary Peter Kavanagh who told the rally 'to defend the NHS may involve asking people if they were willing to take part in civil disobedience and strike action'.
This demo was one of many taking place across London to save our health service. The London and Eastern region is supporting all such marches. We recognise that the first step in stopping the privatisation of our NHS is that working people from every walk of life get onto the streets and show the government that they will not let it happen. The region will be going all out to get a maximum turnout of our members on the 16 May London demo to save our NHS. Watch this space...