MEDICAL secretaries in Glasgow are escalating their fight over regrading and low pay. From this week 60 secretaries in the surgical division will be taking three days of strike action every week.
It will be followed by a week of strike action by all 300 medical secretaries in north Glasgow, beginning on Monday 2 October. These women workers are fighting to bring their pay to the level of medical secretaries in England. Anne Marie Hollywood, a medical secretary for over 30 years, says, 'Low pay, overwork and privatisation are killing the NHS.'
Everyone needs to get behind this fight for the NHS. As Anne Marie says, 'Solidarity is the key-with financial support from other workers and the backing of the public we can win. Our victory can only help other low paid workers in the NHS.'
Donations and messages of support: Kathy McLean, UNISON North Glasgow Hospitals Branch, Cuthbertson Building, Royal Infirmary, Castle St, Glasgow G4 0SF.
WORKERS AT Bart's and the Royal London NHS Trust planned protests this week against what is set to be the biggest PFI deal in NHS history. Around 1,000 UNISON members face transfer to the private sector if the scheme proceeds.
Unions believe that hospital directors and the trust board plan to fund a new hospital through PFI.
On Wednesday of this week UNISON planned a protest during the trust's open day and annual general meeting.