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Campaigns news in brief
Worcestershire campaign Betrayed By Their Trust (BBTT) aims to make NHS managers accountable for abusive behaviour which is wrecking the lives and careers of workers. Socialist Party members play a leading role in the group.
There is a climate of fear and intimidation in the NHS. It is now functioning only by overstretching frontline staff who work under great stress. They know that if anything goes wrong, they will carry the can.
Some of us have been campaigning for nearly three years against Worcestershire NHS management. They used bogus allegations to ruin the career of a psychiatric nurse, who as a union steward had been resisting attempts to pile extra duties on overworked nurses. And this only one of many victims.
Since being formed a few weeks ago, BBTT has revealed details of bullying at Redditch A&E department. A government-backed inquiry has already been proposed. We await the details.
■ BBTT would like to establish links with campaigns elsewhere. Contact Nigel on 01562 829 398 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thirty-five school crossing patrols face losing their jobs due to Derbyshire's Labour council austerity measures. All 189 workers are under threat.
A young campaigner in Chesterfield, Lisa, has launched a countywide campaign to save the patrols. She came to Chesterfield TUSC's launch meeting. Lisa has the full support of prospective parliamentary candidate Matt Whale, and council candidates.
Manchester anti-racist protesters outnumbered supporters of the far-right English Defence League (EDL) by around two to one on 7 March.
Around 20 member of Socialist Students joined the peaceful protest. Even local police officers outnumbered the EDL marchers from across the country. There were only four arrests, all apparently EDL members.
The EDL tagline for the demonstration was "There Can Be No Surrender". Manchester begs to differ.
Greater Manchester campaign group Keep Our NHS Public has joined the groundswell against the 'devolution' proposals agreed by the Tory-led government and Labour local authorities.
A precondition of the agreement is the discredited 'Healthier Together' scheme for swingeing cuts to hospitals across Greater Manchester. It means a centralisation of social care away from local authorities to a less accountable Greater Manchester authority.
■ March against "Devo Manc" NHS cuts: Sunday 29 March at 10.30am, Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester.
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