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Date(s) - 29.09.2013


Manchester Central


The march is expected to move off at 12:15 and  will follow the following route:

Depart Liverpool Road
Turn Left onto Deansgate
Turn right onto John Dalton Street
Continue over onto Princess Street
Turn right onto Portland Street
Turn right onto Oxford Street
Left into Hall Street
Continue round to Bale Street
Turn left onto Lower Mosley Street
Continue down onto Albion Street
Turn left onto Whitworth Street
Turn right onto Oxford Street
Continue down onto Oxford Road
Finish at Whitworth Park



In a joint statement calling the mass rally, the general secretaries of Unite, Len McCluskey, of Unison, Dave Prentis and of the GMB, Paul Kenny said: “If this government felt that its Health and Social Care Act last year would be the last word in the debate on the future of our NHS, then ministers are sorely wrong.

“The people of this country do not want a health service run by the same global boardrooms that have brought misery to every other public service, such as the energy industry, that they have got their hands on.

“We pay for this NHS to be different; to serve the public, and to ward off the twin fears of illness and poverty. There is simply no place in our health service for business to profit from the misfortunes of others. This is the message that will ring around Manchester on 29 September.

“We will be demanding that a future Labour government repeals the act as a top priority – and this should be a warning to potential private companies not to bid for contracts.

“This issue will haunt this government all the way to the ballot box in 2015 when voters will see through the false promise that David Cameron made in 2010 that the NHS would be ‘safe’ in Tory hands.”

The unions say that they will work with the Trades Union Congress and its affiliates to ensure the full weight of the trade union movement stands squarely behind this landmark event.

For further information please contact

Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940

Unison head of press & broadcasting Mary Maguire on 0207 388 6609
m: 07771 548957

GMB press office on: 07921 289 880 or 07974 251 823

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