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Medical secretaries: Back on all-out action

Issue No. 1774

Furious medical secretaries in Glasgow have walked out again on indefinite strike action after management reneged on their recent offer. The 300 secretaries, all low paid women workers, had unanimously voted to suspend their strike two weeks ago.

They were jubilant when, after just two days of indefinite strike action, management gave in to their demands for regrading. But now hospital trust bosses have reneged on their offer and are refusing to implement the deal in full. Some of the medical secretaries will not be regraded as promised. After an angry meeting with union leaders on Thursday of last week the medical secretaries walked out on indefinite strike.

They marched on the headquarters of the North Glasgow health trust, surrounding the entrance and chanting angry slogans. UNISON union branch secretary Carolyn Leckie said, 'The staff are absolutely raging. We thought we had agreed, but managers have welshed on the deal, and it appears many members will not get Grade 4 salaries as they believed. Many workers will be losing £400, and they feel betrayed.'

The strike has official UNISON backing, but bosses are now threatening to take out an injunction against the strikers. Management have raised the stakes by reneging on the deal. That makes it absolutely vital that every trade unionist gets behind the medical secretaries, raising solidarity and financial support in their workplace.

Send messages of support and donations to UNISON Office, Cuthbertson Building, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow G4 0SF.

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Sat 10 Nov 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1774
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