Delegation from Keynsham at today's protest march in London
By BeckyFeather | Saturday, October 20, 2012, 18:09
Among the tens of thousands of people taking part in the TUC demonstration in London today in protest at the Government's public spending cuts were members of the Keynsham-based B&NES Unison branch.
Unison South West organised more than 40 coaches to the 'Future That Works' march and rally, with one leaving from Keynsham this morning to join the protest..
The TUC estimated that more than 150,000 people took part today, among them firefighters, nurses and teachers. Among the speakers in Hyde Park were Labour leader Ed Miliband. There were also marches today in Glasgow and Belfast.
Joanne Kaye, Unison South West Regional Secretary, said: "It's the vulnerable people and the everyday workers who are suffering as a result of this Government's austerity measures and the cuts to the public services.
"The attack on public services is putting our members and the lives of the most vulnerable at risk.
"Our public services and the NHS are envied the world over, and I'm proud of them, I'm proud of the people who work in them and I'm proud that we're taking action against these austerity measures. I'm extremely proud of being able to participate in (the) march with my family, friends, colleagues and Unison members in London along with thousands of other people attending from across the country and the South West."
The Government says austerity measures are vital to cutting the country's deficit.