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People power moved the government to protect the NHS from TTIP

20 May 2016

Unite, Britain’s biggest union, has welcomed the government’s commitment to exclude the NHS from the trade deal called TTIP following a historic showdown in parliament yesterday.

The pressure piled on David Cameron to finally accept the risk posed by TTIP to the NHS is the result of tens of thousands of people across the country demanding action from their MPs to protect the NHS. Communities collectively moved their MPs who moved their political parties which eventually moved the government.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “David Cameron has finally conceded to the demands of tens of thousands of people across the country who did not believe it was right for the NHS to be part of a multibillion dollar trade deal which threatened the very future of the NHS.

“Politicians from across the political divide found common cause to demand that David Cameron acted because communities from Devon to Dundee demanded action. 

“It was people power fuelled by Unite’s legal advice that moved David Cameron.  We warmly welcome this critical step in the campaign to protect the NHS from corporate multi-nationals. It is now for David Cameron to ensure his concession yesterday is meaningful.”

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Contact: Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.