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Union members stage demonstration at Conservative Party conference
8:50am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
TRADE unionists from York joined a protest at the Conservative Party conference against NHS reforms which they have branded “privatisation by stealth”.
York and District TUC organised two coachloads of members to travel to the conference in Manchester to take part in a demonstration which attracted 50,000 people, opposing changes to the health service which they claim will see parts it sold off to private firms and patient care suffering as a result.
“The last thing this country, which has a long and much-loved system of healthcare, wants or needs is a US-style system, which is costly, inefficient and puts the interests of patients last,” said a York TUC spokesman.
Speakers at the protest included TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady and Owen Jones, one of the founders of the People’s Assembly, which is opposing Government austerity measures.
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