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Thousands of health workers could join 30 June strike movement

by Yuri Prasad
Issue No. 2247

Thousands of NHS workers in the Unite union could strike alongside teachers, lecturers and civil servants in a fight with the government over public sector pensions.

Unite’s national health committee yesterday (Friday) voted in favour of co-ordinating industrial action with other public sector unions on 30 June.

The union’s occupational committees will now discuss the issue before the health committee meets to make a final decision on 11 May.

“This is partly about our pensions, but it’s about the NHS as well.” Unite executive member Gill George, told Socialist Worker.

“In the discussion on our health committee, we were very clear that this isn’t just a fight for ourselves—it’s also to stop the cuts and privatisation that are destroying our health service.

“Striking alongside other public sector workers makes sense. Around a million workers could be on strike at the end of June.

“That makes all of us more confident, and makes us more powerful too. If we act together, we’ve got the strength to roll back Tory attacks.”

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Fri 15 Apr 2011, 11:41 BST
Issue No. 2247
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