9 February 2010
BECTU members will be joining the demonstration and rally in support of public services taking place in London on Saturday 10 April.
The union banner on display at the Put People First march in March 2009. Pic: Stefano Cagnoni
Public services are under pressure as never before given the massive debts now shouldered by the taxpayer following the banking crisis.
Continuing poverty for young and old, high unemployment, disability discrimination and the privatisation of the NHS by stealth are at risk of getting worse as cuts are planned by all parties whoever wins at the next election.
The success of the rally on 10 April will be critical to the future of the welfare state.
BECTU is encouraging as many members as possible to support the rally at 14.00 hours in Trafalgar Square; this will be preceded by a march from Temple Place, Embankment which sets off at 13.00. (Assemble 12 noon).
Several others unions are sponsoring the event including the NUJ, CWU, NUT and UCU. The British Medical Association, National Pensioners Convention, RADAR, the disability network, and the Carers Poverty Alliance are amongst public sector sponsors of this event.
For more details visit 10410demo.co.uk
Support the TUC's online campaign with 38 Degrees which calls on chancellor Alistair Darling, and his Conservative shadow George Osborne, to pledge that they will not make cuts in public services to tackle the budgetary deficit.
Amended on 23 February 2010 to include details of the TUC/38 Degrees' campaign.