Socialist Worker

Rolling strikes to defend NHS pensions in Scotland

by Sarah Creagh
Issue No. 2294

A lively picket line at Ayrshire Central Hospital kicked off the Unison union’s continued campaign across Scotland against attacks on health workers’ pensions this Tuesday.

A near solid strike of workers in the Central Decontamination Unit (CDU) at the hospital in Irvine meant that 220 operations were cancelled.

Unison branch secretary Ewing Hope told Socialist Worker, “The closure of CDU is part of a rolling programme of action. The workers are proud to lead the action today.”

He said the Scottish National Party (SNP) government should “choose not to implement the changes, which it has the power to do”.

The 30 workers in the unit are out to defend the pensions of all NHS workers in Scotland.

The SNP has so far refused to talk to them.

The strike was set to last 48 hours. Other departments are set to be called out across Scotland in the coming weeks.

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