Health bill demo call

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LEIGH’S thousand member strong branch of Britain’s largest union today joined calls on the Government to drop its controversial Health and Social Care Bill.

They are to send a motion calling on the Executive Council of the Unite the Union to organise a national demonstration in London and to support Leigh MP and Shadow Health Minister Andy Burnham’s call, in Parliament to put the bill on ice.

Chairman of Leigh Unite Stephen Hall said: “The controversial Bill will soon to begin the Report Stage in the House of Lords, and then its Third Reading there.

“While calling on the union’s EC to take the lead for the organisation of such an urgent national demonstration, and the intensification of its own efforts concerning opposition to the Bill, our Branch believes the EC should seek the broadest possible involvement and support of the wider trades union movement.”

They suggest that the demo is staged mid February.