Roadside action says no to SERCO

Action to save Fiona Stanley Hospital, May 11. Photo: Keep WA Hospitals in Public Hands/Facebook

Members of various activist groups joined a roadside anti-privatisation protest in Booragoon, Western Australia on June 3.

The groups responded to the call by the “In Public Hands” campaign group to campaign for public ownership of the soon-to-be-built Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Protesters held placards reading “Don’t privatise our hospitals” and “Honk if you support anti-privatisation”, which received plenty of responses from passers-by.

In Public Hands consists of members of United Voice and the Health Services Union who have joined forces to fight against the push for private hospitals and schools.

The group staged an action against public hospital privatisation that caused traffic blockage on March 9, to protest the proposed contract, worth $3.2 million, for Serco to run 31 essential services at the new hospital.

Serco is the same company that runs Australia’s many refugee detention centres and some prisons and has been accused of being a factor in the youngest “death in detention” in Britain.

In Public Hands intends to continue its fight against privatisation in Perth through protests and public information outreach programs.

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