Demonstration targeted Conservative party gala dinner
On Friday 27 February Unite Wales supported NHS workers, community activists and other trade union members in the lobbying of the Welsh Conservative party gala dinner. The demonstration took place during rush hour outside the Mercure Hotel on Newport Road Cardiff. Protestors called upon David Cameron to apologise for his treatment of Wales during this parliament and particularly for his repeated attacks on the Welsh NHS.
Speaking at the rally health sector worker George Puckett said: “Health workers in Wales have been enraged by Cameron’s cynical attempts to deride the Welsh NHS and in particular his comment that Offas Dyke was ‘the line between life and death’. NHS staff in Wales provide vital professional care to thousands of patients every day. Cameron’s words are a kick in the teeth and insulting to them and the dedicated service they provide. He needs to do the decent thing and apologise.”
Adam Johannes Unite community activist commented: "Wales still hasn't recovered from the last Tory government and this one has renewed its attacks on the poor and vulnerable. Food banks are in massive demand across the whole of Wales with parents regularly skipping meals to put food on the table for their kids. Wales has also been hit hardest by the bedroom tax with 40,000 households told to find extra money from nowhere, move to smaller properties that don't exist - or face eviction. How can we accept the authors of these crimes meeting in our city without a protest?"