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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 September 2010
Health workers' victory
HOSPITAL WORKERS, Unison members in Calderstones Health branch (centred on Clitheroe, Lancashire), faced proposals to introduce 'super-flexible' contracts and work patterns that would have reduced the hospital's qualified nursing care.
The Unison branch said they would ballot members for strike action if these proposals were imposed. A demonstration was organised through the village of Whalley, which attracted strong public support, including from the policeman on duty and a local shopkeeper who gave protesters ice creams! Faced with such opposition inside and outside the hospital, the employer backed down and a negotiated settlement has been agreed.
East Lancashire Health branch (centred on Blackburn and nearby towns), faced similar proposals that would have downgraded nursing and healthcare staff and reduced service provision to children's hospital services. Again, a determined stand and preparedness to ballot for strike action has resulted in negotiations that are expected to result in an agreement acceptable to the union.
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In The Socialist 9 September 2010:
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Health workers' victory
National Shop Stewards Network lobby of the TUC
We won't be a lost generation!
No to slave labour apprenticeships!
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Tony Blair - a journey to Thatcherism
Blair admits he was wrong...
Academies will lead to a two-tier education system
Jobs and services are facing axe in Cornwall
Socialist Party youth and students
Far right not welcome in Brighton
Con-Dems threaten EMA
Socialist Party workplace news
Solid strike on London Underground
London bus workers fight cuts
London: Unite members to strike against NHS privatisation
Corus Redcar - the real story
New Royal Mail boss sharpens her axe
Socialist Party NHS campaign
Fighting for the health service
The callous cutting of NHS Direct
Against cuts? Come to Socialism 2010
International socialist news and analysis
Russia: Motorway construction through Khimkinsky forest halted
Global food crisis reveals failure of capitalism
Socialist Party feature
No to Trident nuclear weapons
Socialist Party review
Zola's Germinal: still relevant today
The Socialist 9 September 2010 |
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