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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 March 2019
Liverpool Women's Hospital, strike by OCS workers, 25.2.19, photo by Hugh Caffrey (Click to enlarge)
Liverpool Women's Hospital
Outsourced NHS workers striking for equal pay
Hugh Caffrey, North West Socialist Party
Outsourced workers at Liverpool Women's Hospital were on strike on 25 February because they're paid less by their private company OCS than staff working directly for the NHS.
Pickets were lively and determined, reflecting the 100% vote for strike action, on a 90% turnout, when the members of public sector union Unison balloted.
At the Walton centre in Liverpool, a strike over a similar issue was averted. In Bolton and Wigan last year, successful strikes won the NHS rate for the job for outsourced workers.
Strikers know that if they fight they can win, and will take further action if a solution isn't found.
They have the full support of Liverpool Socialist Party, local NHS campaigns and the wider workers' movement.
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In The Socialist 9 March 2019:
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Kick out austerity politicians
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Tory education 'reforms'
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Workplace news and analysis
Supermarket giants merger: protect jobs and fight price hikes
Birmingham Bin workers and home carers strike on same day
University and College Union: anti-union laws frustrate strike ballot again
Manchester posties strike against bullying
Liverpool Women's Hospital
PCS union: help us win the elections and pay campaign
South East Unison annual general meeting votes for no-cuts budgets
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
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Tommy Robinson BBC demo: socialist fightback needed to undermine far right
Nottingham Labour Corbyn rally
PCS union branch opposes cuts to women's services
International Women's Day meetings and other events
Five years on - and still no justice for Zane
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Art exhibition: 'Unobtania' by Peter Robson
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