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Bosses back off at Yorkshire hospitals

Issue No. 2168

Health workers were celebrating this week after the threat of strike action forced bosses at Mid Yorkshire NHS Hospitals to abandon plans to downgrade staff being transferred to private contractor Balfour Beatty.

In a consultative ballot organised by the Unison union, 94 percent of members who voted backed strike action, while 100 percent of those in the Unite union who voted said they were prepared to strike.

Unison branch chair Adrian O’Malley, said, “The excellent vote for action shows that NHS workers are prepared to strike to maintain their terms and conditions—and support their fellow workers when they are being attacked.”

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Tue 8 Sep 2009, 19:38 BST
Issue No. 2168
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