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March against austerity

14 December, 2012

March against austerity

More than 150,000 join TUC rally Midwives magazine: Issue 6 :: 2012

More than 150,000 join TUC rally

The largest RCM contingent yet marched together through London under the blue banner on the TUC march, A Future That Works, on 20 October. An estimated 100 members took part in the march, which started on Victoria Embankment and finished at Hyde Park.

The RCM was not only seen, but heard, thanks to Eulalie Brennan and Anna Kent from the Nottingham branch, who invited the lively Nottingham Samba Band to join the group. RCM members from across the UK joined more than 150,000 supporters showing their opposition to the government’s planned austerity measures.

One member tweeted: ‘The music may be lighthearted but the message certainly isn’t.’
RCM director for policy, employment relations and communications Jon Skewes said: ‘Our lively presence on the march made sure our Protect Maternity Services message stood out amid the overwhelming show of action to defend NHS staff and services from cuts which will affect us all.

‘It was great to see so many members take part. I’d like to thank everyone for their support.’
RCM members also took part in the simultaneous marches and rallies in Glasgow and Belfast.

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