Issue date
04 Jun 2019

Speaking to the Together Against Trump demo in London today (Tuesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady will call for public services to be protected in any future trade deal with the U.S.

On trade deals, public services and the NHS, Frances will say:

“With right-wing Tories queuing up to become our next prime minister, we need to protect our public services from the threat of a dodgy trade deal with Trump’s America.

“Big pharma corporations can’t wait to get their greedy hands on our NHS. And Trump will back these corporate vultures all the way.

“We must never accept a US-style system where ordinary people are cheated out of healthcare so that super-rich executives can rake in the billions.

“So let’s send a clear message to President Trump and to whoever ends up in Downing Street in a few weeks’ time.

“Our NHS is not for sale.”

On standing up to hatred and division, Frances will say:

“The far right is on the march in Britain and around the world.

“We shouldn’t roll out the red carpet for a man who deliberately spreads fear and prejudice. Who takes the side of white supremacists, neo-fascists and women-haters. Who tears families apart and locks children in cages.

“The trade union movement has a proud history of taking on tyrants and bullies.

“And no matter our race, religion or background, we’ll stand together as working people. Against Trump. Against Farage. And against anyone else who wants to poison our communities with hatred and division.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

  • Check against delivery.
  • Frances will be addressing the Together Against Trump demo on Trafalgar Square, which starts at 11am on Tuesday, 4 June.
  • The Trades Union Congress (TUC) exists to make the working world a better place for everyone. We bring together more than 5.5 million working people who make up our 49 member unions. We support unions to grow and thrive, and we stand up for everyone who works for a living.