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Unite joins thousands of union members at TUC's Protect the Right to Strike demo - in photos

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Unite members joined thousands of people from the trade union movement at the TUC’s Protect the Right to Strike march and rally on Saturday (January 27) in Cheltenham.

Unite made a particularly strong showing at the demonstration, with members from all sectors represented including health, local government, steel and many others. They all sent a loud and clear message against the government’s new Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Act, with Unite general secretary Sharon Graham leading the way as one of the main speakers at the rally.

The demonstration took place on the 40th anniversary of GCHQ’s trade union ban under Margaret Thatcher’s Tory government.

Graham met with members from across the union, including Unite member James (pictured in the first photo below), whose late father was one of the GCHQ staff who took a stand against the trade union ban.

Below are highlights of the event in pictures. You can also read this comment piece from Unite GS Sharon Graham about why Unite is taking a stand against the Tory government’s latest anti-trade union legislation.

Photos by Mark Thomas