7,000 Ancillary Workers March in
By Hector Mackenzie COHSE No. 2 Regional Secretary
On 16 March the Yorkshire Co-ordinating Committee decided that it was time to carry the battle for justice for ancillary members a stage further - to the streets of the major cities. The time was felt to be opportune because of the increasing number of messages of support from trade unionists out-side the Health Service and the anticipated support from the Sheffield Trades and Labour Council. It was time the public got the message,
To support the planned demonstration march and rally it was decided that there
should be a twenty-four-hour stoppage of work at all hospitals in
The subsequent demonstration on 23 March turned out to be one of the largest ever seen in the city of
Confederation members from
The marchers left the assembly point at the Wicker Goods Yard in
on the steps outside. Terry Mallinson, COHSE National Officer addressed demonstrators, along with Alan Fisher on NUPE and officers of the other ASC
unions. Speeches of support were made by officers and branch officers of many other unions, too.
The following day saw demonstrators taking to the streets of
The rally after the
The weather was kind to the demonstrators at
For people who are not traditional marchers, our members certainly made their
presence felt and the forest of banners placards and posters made an impressive
sight in all these cities. Leaflets setting out the ancillary staffs case were handed out to the public and the demonstrations were a triumph for organisers and marchers alike.