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Unite health workers’ day of action

Issue No. 2131

Workers from Kings College Hospital in south London protested over pay on Wednesday of last week (Pic: http://www.guysmallman.com/» Guy Smallman )

Workers from Kings College Hospital in south London protested over pay on Wednesday of last week (Pic: » Guy Smallman)


Thousands of health workers in the Unite union held a work-to-rule on Wednesday of last week to protest against the government’s three-year below inflation pay deal.

There were lunchtime rallies outside a number of hospitals, including Kings College Hospital in south London.

Activists reported a positive mood at the rallies. Gwyneth Powell-Davies, secretary of Unite’s Bristol health service branch, told Socialist Worker, “Some 25 health workers and supporters gathered at the main gate of Frenchay Hospital in Bristol on the day of action.

“The cross-section of NHS staff present ranged from the lower to the higher grades, from several departments where Unite has members.

“Unite’s Bristol health service branch banner was joined by that of the Bristol NUT teaching union.

“It was a great atmosphere in the winter sunshine as union members got to know each other and discussed the day-to-day issues we face.”


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Tue 9 Dec 2008, 18:04 GMT
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