TRADE unionists and anti-cuts campaigners from Chester and Ellesmere Port will be joining thousands of others demonstrating in Manchester on Sunday.
The protest has been organised in defence of the National Health Service and against cuts to jobs and services.
Members of the North West TUC and a number of trade unions will join the protest at the Conservative Party conference which is taking place at the Manchester Central Conference Centre.
Celia Jones, secretary of West Cheshire TUC and an NHS worker, said: “With figures showing waiting times in the NHS increasing, NHS Direct and the ambulance services in crisis, and more hospital trusts failing to meet targets for seeing people in accident and emergency units, many of our members are convinced that the health service is not safe in the hands of this government.
“Instead they continue to waste billions on a costly reorganisations and on handing many services to the private sector – so that they are run for profit, rather than need.”
The demonstration is also against the austerity programme of the government, which has seen cuts to welfare benefits with measures like the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ and cuts in public services.
Kenny Cunningham, chair of West Cheshire TUC, said: “Over 60 years after the creation of the welfare state, which was designed to abolish poverty in our country, we now see 500,000 people having to rely on foodbanks to avoid going hungry.
While the banks that caused the economic crisis are back making huge profits, hundreds of thousands of full-time jobs with decent pay have been destroyed by government austerity cuts.
“They have been replaced with minimum wage, part-time, casual and zero-hours contracts, pushing a whole generation into a hand-to-mouth existence.”
Coach transport from Chester will leave at 10am by the Odeon and pick up at Ellesmere Port Library at 10.15am.
The cost is £5 with discounts for the unwaged.
For more information, call 01244 346894 or email mail@westcheshireunison.