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10,000 marched to Save Derby Railways

25 July 2011

Over 10,000 marched through Derby last Saturday to the applause of shoppers and bystanders. A large contingent of TSSA members and paid staff joined the march led by General Secretary Gerry Doherty, who addressed the throng with a rousing speech at the beginning of the march.

Derby rally - July 2011 (1)

Leading trade union figures, the Conservative leader of Derby City Council, and the Bombardier Chairman Colin Walton all called upon the government to review its decision to award the Thameslink contract to Siemens.

There was extensive media coverage of the highly successful demonstration. Paul Routledge wrote in the Daily Mirror:

"I’ve seen a few demos in my 40-odd years on national newspapers, but I’ve never before seen one that drew in the Tories, Labour, the unions and the management.

It’s a bit like Thatcher, the Coal Board, Neil Kinnock and Arthur Scargill leading a march to save the mines. If the ConDems think they have a coalition, they should try looking at this one in Derby."

So the fight is well and truly on. There will be a meeting of all TSSA members in the evening on Thursday 18 August to discuss how the union takes the campaign forward. All Bombardier members in Derby are asked to attend. Further details will be sent out shortly.



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