Norwich Marching for the Alternative

More than a dozen Norwich City UNISON branch officers, stewards, members and their families descended on London at the weekend to 'March for the Alternative'.
They took part in the biggest public demonstration in the capital for 8 years, joining up to 500,000 people including thousands of other UNISON members in demonstration against the government's cuts programme.

Tessa GavitaTessa Gavita, (pictured left), Norwich City UNISON member and first time marcher said, "I went on the march because these are issues that are important to me and my future. It was uplifting to see so many people fighting for the same cause, and I really enjoyed the atmosphere. I will continue to go on more marches if they are arranged to get the message across to the government that they've made bad decisions."

Branch secretary, Kevin O'Grady said, "It was a great day and the turnout shows how many people are angry and prepared to do something about it. You can't sit, do nothing and let these things happen. It's about sending a message that we're not happy and are prepared to challenge this u-turn government."

Members of the branch met up with UNISON general secretary, Dave Prentis (pictured with branch members below), who said, "Saturday showed UNISON at its very best.  From the Isles of Shetland to the Isle of Wight, our members came out in their thousands to tell the government that their public service cuts are not right, not working and not on,"

"We had hoped for a sea of purple and green – we got an ocean that flooded to Hyde Park as, hour after hour, our members marched through London to stand up for the public services we all hold dear," he continued.

"The fight for our public services must go on."

branch members