PORTSMOUTH TRADES COUNCIL (PTC) – MEDIA RELEASE 7 May 2012

LANSLEY STRIKE PROTEST

St. Mary’s Hospital Portsmouth 2.30 pm Thursday 10 May

No to NHS Privatisation – Yes to Decent Pensions

Andrew Lansley is due to open a new ward at St. Marys Hospital at 3 pm on 10 May. Local trade unionists, including those on strike, plan to protest.

Portsmouth Trades Council decided to call the protest on the day thousands of workers will be taking strike action over pensions and other issues. Members of the following trade unions in Portsmouth will be taking strike action on 10 May:

§  PCS (Civil Servants)
§  Unite (Health and Ministry of Defence)
§  UCU (Lecturers)
§  RMT (Royal Fleet Auxiliary)

As a cabinet minister, Lansley shares government responsibility for making us all work longer, pay more to get less pension. As Health Minster, he is wrecking the NHS by pushing through privatisation. That’s at least two good reasons to protest when he visits Portsmouth”, said Jon Woods, PTC Media Officer.

At a packed meeting of PTC on Thursday 3 May, delegates from trade union branches unanimously backed the call to protest. Delegates wanted to draw attention to the example of Hinchingbrooke Hospital where private company, Circle will take fist £2M of any surplus, despite the hospital having nearly £40M debts.

Local trade unionists and members of the public are invited to bring banners and placards to the protest at 2.30 pm, by the main entrance to St. Marys Hospital.

For further information contact;

Louis MacDonald (PTC Secretary) on 07940 503634 or at louismacdonald@ntlworld.com

Mick Tosh (PTC Chair) on 07900 877720
Jon Woods (PTC Media Officer) 0n 07921 775828

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