TRADE UNIONIST AND SOCIALIST COALITION (TUSC) NEWS RELEASE –19 OCTOBER 2016
Roger Bannister writes to Steve Rotherham
Let’s save our hospitals and take on Merseytravel together, says TUSC to Steve Rotheram
Merseyside TUSC metro-mayoral spokesperson Roger Bannister is writing to Steve Rotheram to propose a joint campaign to save threatened hospitals on Merseyside and to support the RMT transport union against Merseytravel bosses.
Roger Bannister says:
‘Leaked plans show hospitals face merger and closure across Liverpool, and across the Merseyside and Cheshire region. I have been actively campaigning against the closure of Liverpool Women’s Hospital. We need a massive campaign of action to defend our National Health Service starting right now, or there could be little left by the time of the next general election.
‘I was outraged to learn that Merseytravel is ignoring the questions by transport union RMT over their intended removal of guards from trains. Repeated questions from an RMT union official to Merseytravel chair Liverpool Labour councillor Liam Robinson have gone unanswered. I and Merseyside TUSC will continue giving our full support to the RMT’s campaign against cutbacks on Merseytravel.
‘I believe that key elements in the metro-mayoral position, and the election campaigns leading up to it, should include defending our hospitals, defending our Merseyrail guards, and opposing cutbacks to both.
‘I will be writing to Steve to propose we take on the cutters together.’
Roger Bannister is available for comment on 07954 376 096 firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information contact: Daren Ireland on 07787128498 – Dave Walsh on 07969511796 – Tony Mulhearn on 07939098455