Union pledges support for potential residents’ group
UNISON has offered to support residents wanting to form an action group following the Neath Port Talbot Hospital changes.
It took the names and addresses of people present at the meeting in the Castle Hotel and said it would contact them to arrange a gathering.
As it happened the turn-out for the Neath meeting was smaller than anticipated, with around two dozen or so people attending, including some local politicians.
The union’s regional organiser Eddie Gabrielsen said: “It’s sad this room isn’t packed to the rafters but we have to get the message out.
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“People do their campaigning differently these days. It isn’t just about coming out to meetings. It’s about electronic campaigns and petitions.
“If you’re going to fight, you have got to have modern ways of doing it as well as doing the leafleting and door-knocking.
“We have to fight in modern ways because they are fighting in modern ways.”
Mr Gabrielsen said Unison did not want to lead any campaign but would support residents who wanted to.
“I would invite you to form an action party to stop this,” he said “It would be non-political, to stop what you don’t like and the changes you don’t want.
“If you sit back you will just get what the clinicians want.”
Unison has called a second public meeting for residents of the Port Talbot area. It will take place tonight in the Dalton Road Community Centre, Sandfields. The meeting will start at 7.30pm.