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Valentine’s day Blood Service closure protest ride

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More details next week…

The details copied & pasted from brumcriticalmass forum:

On Saturday 14th February the IWW is calling a cavalcade – taking a mobile protest to hospitals around the city, to inform the public and healthworkers about the looming closure of the Birmingham blood processing lab in March. This vital link in the blood supply chain is to be transferred down to Bristol under a centralisation regime, with the lost of around 70 jobs, leaving local hospitals at the mercy of the clogged motorways of the South-West of England.

The IWW and other organisations have campaigned against this move during the last few years. Needless to say there was the bare minimum of consultation with hospitals and none with the public. Now that the cuts are happening, the least we can do is take the message to the streets and make sure that Birmingham is well informed of exactly what is happening to our public services.

Show some love for the blood service on Valentine’s Day!

We need cyclists! Lots and lots of cyclists! – To form the body of the cavalcade behind a large van with banners.
We also need car drivers who can carry extra protestors. As many as possible.

The protest will meet at the Blood Centre in Edgbaston, begin at the QEH/Women’s hospital and then call at Selly Oak, City and end up in the city centre at the Children’s hospital. Exact route and timings to be announced.

Please put this date into your diaries now, and help us build numbers by letting your friends and family, workmates, neighbours and union contacts know about the event.

Leaflets and posters will be ready next week.

For more info, to confirm attendance or to help with pre-event promotion please contact


Written by Captain Buckles

23 January, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Posted in Fix up look sharp

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