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Sunday, 16 March 2014

Anti austerity message hits streets of Liverpool

North West trade unions staged a well supported protest in Liverpool yesterday calling for fair funding for public services. Over one thousand trade unionists and their families marched from the Pier Head to St Georges Hall. Heather Wakefield and Fiona Farmer, national secretaries of UNISON and Unite respectively, addressed a large outdoor rally chaired by Sefton UNISON’s Glen Williams.

Babs Hennessy of UNISON’s City of Liverpool Branch, which had initiated the rally at last October’s regional council, received loud cheers when she held up a compulsory redundancy notice for Cameron, Clegg, & Osborne. UNISON was well represented among the speakers with regional secretary Kevan Nelson, healthworker and regional health chair Jean Blevin and deputy regional convenor Rena Wood making contributions outlining the impact of austerity on communities and workers in the north west. Other speakers included Lynne Collins and Steve Farley of NWTUC, Lawrence Dunne of PCS and Avis Gilmore of NUT.