The Socialist

The Socialist 30 May 2018

Stop war, fight trump, walk out Friday 13 July

The Socialist issue 997

Stop war, fight Trump, walk out on 13 July

United working class movements can defeat Trump


Landslide vote to repeal Ireland's abortion laws

Historic victory won by grassroots movement


Sting's shipbuilders showcase class pride and change from below

Aberfan disaster novel reminds us Grenfell was not an anomaly

The Socialist Inbox


Johnson and Rees-Mogg widen Tory Brexit splits

Welsh Labour reprivatises rail lines: reverse Tory sell-offs!

Toxic air hits schools as EU ponders slap on wrist years late

England facing water shortage due to underinvestment

Them & Us


PCS conference 2018: members ready to fight to end pay misery


UCU conference: Members are organising and winning - build the union, build the struggles!

900-strong north west NHS strike

Unison ballots workers at Yorkshire hospitals at risk of privatisation

Wales TUC 2018: Socialist Party members challenge leadership at undemocratic conference

Springfield school strike in Birmingham against job cuts and workload

Broad Left candidate elected as Usdaw deputy general secretary


Socialist nationalisation: what it is and why we need it


Action demanded from new council

Hands off Teignmouth Hospital!

Socialist Party members inspired by revolutionary events

Police shootings in Tamil Nadu condemned

Leicester plans sales boost of 1,000th edition of the Socialist

 
 
 
 
 

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Unison ballots workers at Yorkshire hospitals at risk of privatisation

Hands Off HRI and other groups protesting in London, 10.10.16

Hands Off HRI and other groups protesting in London, 10.10.16   (Click to enlarge)

Matt Hirst, Huddersfield Socialist Party

Unison will soon be balloting hundreds of health workers at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI) and Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH) at risk of being moved out of NHS employment and into a 'wholly owned subsidiary company' (a form of privatisation where an arm's-length organisation is set up, at first owned by the NHS).

HRI has recently been saved from closure following a mass campaign where the Socialist Party played a leading role.

Staff affected include porters, housekeepers and domestic and procurement workers. The local NHS trust has said that these moves will represent a saving due to a tax loophole they would be able to exploit.

But as the cleaning staff and kitchen staff at either hospital will tell you, experience shows once they have been transferred out of direct NHS employment, then attacks on workers' wages and conditions will begin.

New staff that are taken on will likely be employed at lower rates, creating divisions among workers, and they will not have access to the NHS pension scheme.

However this is not just happening in Kirklees. Already this week, staff at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh have walked out on a two-day strike against the same proposals in their hospitals, and it is likely that the ballot will result in strike action at HRI and CRH through meeting the undemocratic levels required under the Tory Trade Union Act 2016. Indeed, earlier this year, Unison held an indicative ballot and the results met what is now required by law.

The ballot opened on 25 May and closes on 14 June. Should the decision to take strike action go ahead, this will be on 5 July, a poignant day as it is the 70th birthday of the NHS.

Huddersfield Socialist Party sends support and solidarity to these workers in their time of struggle.


In this issue


Donald Trump

Stop war, fight Trump, walk out on 13 July

United working class movements can defeat Trump


Irish abortion referendum

Landslide vote to repeal Ireland's abortion laws

Historic victory won by grassroots movement


Opinion

Sting's shipbuilders showcase class pride and change from below

Aberfan disaster novel reminds us Grenfell was not an anomaly

The Socialist Inbox


Socialist Party news and analysis

Johnson and Rees-Mogg widen Tory Brexit splits

Welsh Labour reprivatises rail lines: reverse Tory sell-offs!

Toxic air hits schools as EU ponders slap on wrist years late

England facing water shortage due to underinvestment

Them & Us


PCS conference

PCS conference 2018: members ready to fight to end pay misery


Workplace news and analysis

UCU conference: Members are organising and winning - build the union, build the struggles!

900-strong north west NHS strike

Unison ballots workers at Yorkshire hospitals at risk of privatisation

Wales TUC 2018: Socialist Party members challenge leadership at undemocratic conference

Springfield school strike in Birmingham against job cuts and workload

Broad Left candidate elected as Usdaw deputy general secretary


Nationalisation

Socialist nationalisation: what it is and why we need it


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Action demanded from new council

Hands off Teignmouth Hospital!

Socialist Party members inspired by revolutionary events

Police shootings in Tamil Nadu condemned

Leicester plans sales boost of 1,000th edition of the Socialist


 

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