UNISON, Manchester Community & Mental Health branch, is extremely concerned about the state of mental health services in Manchester. Services and staff are near breaking point in Manchester – which is a local scandal. It’s a national scandal too, that mental health services generally are still so poorly resourced. We are campaigning for adequate funding, to ensure that services are available for everyone who needs them in Manchester and throughout the country and to ensure that staff are not run into the ground trying to cover work and provide support for service users and carers.
Would anyone be interested in joining members of the Unison branch in distributing the leaflet and gaining signatures for the petition, on Market Street, between 11.30 and 1.30pm, on Saturday, 31st October? Postcards addressed to Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, asking them to re-think their cuts programme, will also be available on 31st.
We are organising a public meeting on Saturday 7th November. Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting, along with staff, service users, carers, workers in other services, trade unionists, people involved in a range of campaigns – disabled people, organisations of black and minority ethnic people, refugees and asylum seekers, welfare and anti-cuts, no bedroom tax. We want to build as wide a range of people active in the campaign as possible.
Together we can make sure our demands are heard and met.
Please sign this Change online petition
Please contact the Branch Secretary, Ben Jackson (c/o Trade Union Office, Chorlton House, 70 Manchester Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21 9UN; firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like further information, or hard copies of the leaflet, or have any suggestions about the campaign.