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Save the NHS – support the healthworkers' strike

By Bernie McAdam As health unions call a second strike on 24 November, NHS England’s five-year plan demands more funding. But the plan is a trap for staff and patients. NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens argues that the NHS needs a further £8 billion by 2020, as limited resources lag behind increasing patient demand. […]

Workers Power  ·  06 November 2014

Going all out to win at Lambeth College

By Jeremy Dewar Like many further education establishments, Lambeth College is facing devastating cuts. Unlike most, however, its workforce has come out fighting – in an all-out indefinite strike. Teachers in the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) have been on strike since 3 June, demanding the withdrawal of new contracts which will, with no extra […]

Workers Power  ·  10 June 2014

At 65, the NHS is sadly unwell…

By Dara O’Coghaidin, Mental Health worker / 02 September 2013 Established in 1948 to be a free and universal system of healthcare, the NHS reached the pensionable age of 65 in July and is sadly unwell. Patient satisfaction has plummeted from an all-time high of 70 per cent to just 58 per cent in a […]

Workers Power  ·  02 September 2013

Leeds health workers set for strike action

Pathology staff in one large NHS hospital trust, mainly Unite members, have voted for industrial action against the imposition of new shift patterns to replace long standing Out-of-Hours (OOH) working arrangements. The staff balloted, mainly Biomedical Scientists and Biomedical Support Workers, voted 63% for Strike action and 84% for Action short of Strike. Pathology Management […]

Workers Power  ·  12 June 2013

Mid Yorks Hospital strike: what's at stake?

Admin and clerical workers at Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust recently staged five days of strike action against attempts to cut wages and jobs. With action expected to escalate, Mike Black sent in this report from Leeds. To start by backtracking a bit – Unite Leeds Teaching Hospitals Branch invited Dave, a Unison Steward from Mid Yorkshire to […]

Workers Power  ·  12 February 2013

Pensions dispute and the left: a tale of backsliding and cover-up

THE 28 MARCH strike by London schools and colleges showed just how impressive a nation-wide strike could have been. Around 1,500 schools were shut down or severely disrupted, while almost all colleges and most ‘new’ universities faced chaos or closure. Ten thousand marched in central London, bringing traffic to a halt and cheers from passers-by. […]

Jeremy Dewar  ·  04 April 2012

Pensions: left leaders in retreat — only the organised rank and file can restart the fight

By Mark Booth AFTER A TURBULENT week of union executive meetings, 300 militants packed into Friends Meeting House for an emergency conference to fight the pensions sell out. It soon became clear to everyone at Unite the Resistance’s gathering that the PCS and NUT leaders would not be calling more strikes in the next few […]

Workers Power  ·  16 January 2012

Southampton council strike: a heroic struggle misled

The rolling strike by 2,400 Southampton council workers is now entering its 11th week. But despite Unite and Unison workers’ continued determination and sacrifice, there appears no sign of the Tory council relenting. Jeremy Dewar argues this is down to missed opportunities and poor leadership.

Workers Power  ·  08 August 2011

On strike in Lambeth: solidarity forever!

By a striking Unison Teaching Assistant 8.00am The NUT rep and I mounted a picket at our school – much to the Headteacher’s surprise, who had expected a passive, going-through-the-motions strike. Until yesterday, we had an agreement that seven Unison members would respect the picket line, but this crumbled at the last minute with colleagues […]

Workers Power  ·  01 July 2011

Strike to save NHS

General strike can bring down Tories First step is All Out on 30 June Build cross-union anti-cuts committees Act with the union leaders where possible, without them where necessary Unite the anti-cuts movement – for an All – Britain Anti-cuts Federation The cat is out of the bag. Cameron’s adviser Mark Britnell says the NHS […]

Workers Power  ·  13 June 2011

Health workers organising to save NHS

Mark Booth reports on the grassroots led Health Workers Network fighting to save the NHS

Workers Power  ·  30 May 2011

Lansley wants to destroy the NHS – stop him now!

Andrew Lansley’s NHS and Social Care Bill is a fraud. It’s no exaggeration to say that it will destroy the NHS as we know it – letting privatisation rip the heart out of our health service. John Bowman explains

Workers Power  ·  26 April 2011

New healthworker network launched

HEALTH WORKERS have formed a new rank and file network to stop the attacks on the NHS. NHS staff are dedicated to the services we provide. Many of us didn’t get into this for the money – in the case of nurses certainly not!

Workers Power  ·  26 April 2011

Birmingham council strikes loom

Birmingham City Council has announced that £300 million will be cut from the budget over the next four years. This will involve the loss of 7,116 full time jobs, that is 37 per cent of the workforce, reports Bernie McAdam. The losses will increase to 10,000 when part time jobs are included. The Con Dem […]

Workers Power  ·  14 February 2011

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