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Public Services Not Private Profit

21 March 2006

Rally & Launch of Campaign Wednesday 29th March 2006, 7 - 9 pm, Committee Room 10, House of Commons

John McDonnell MP (Chair)

Speakers Include:

Billy Hayes (CWU)
Doug Nicholls (CYWU)
Matt Wrack (FBU)
Judy McKnight (NAPO)
Paul Mackney (NATFHE)
Jeremy Dear (NUJ)
Steve Sinnott (NUT)
Mark Serwotka (PCS)
Colin Moses (POA)
Manuel Cortes (TSSA)

This campaign aims to bring together trade unions from across the public sector, linked to supportive MPs, and organisations representing those who depend upon our public services. It is supported by ASLEF, CWU, CYWU, FBU, LRC, NAPO, NATFHE, NUJ, NUS, NUT, PCS, POA, RMT, TSSA.

- Public services and public service workers are facing unprecedented pressure from Government plans for privatisation and job cuts. Across virtually every area of public service and with virtually no consultation, proposals are being brought forward to hand over services to the private sector at seemingly no matter what the cost to either the taxpayer or service users.

- In health, education, local government, prisons and probation and in every department of central government the Government is forcing services into the private sector. The Government’s Education & Inspections Bill is just the most recent example of the threat to the very concept of public service. Even where the private sector has failed and services taken back into the public sector, as in the railways, the Government is re-privatising them!

- Hundreds of thousands of jobs are at stake. The pay, pensions and conditions of employment of public service workers are under threat. Services which our community relies upon are at risk.

- The present attack on public services is on such a scale that we are in danger of witnessing the undermining of the very concept of public service provision in this country.

There will also be a Rally & Mass Lobby of Parliament: 11am-4pm, 27th June, Central Hall, Westminster.

Attached below is a flyer for the March 29th event which can be distributed in workplaces.

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