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The battle is on in Unison to reject the Tories’ attacks and join more action

Issue No. 2299

Unison members strike in Scotland  (Pic: Drew McEwan)

Unison members strike in Scotland (Pic: Drew McEwan)

Health workers in the Unison union across England and Wales are balloting on the Tories’ pensions offer.

It’s time to ramp up the campaign to reject the deal and join further strikes.

Karen Reissman, nurse and Unison executive member said “despite the long gap, we must remember the solidarity that existed between unions in November.

“Every vote to reject is a vote against austerity; against the pay freeze; against paying for the bankers’ crisis and against working until we die.”

Anne Drinkell, a rep in Unison West London Community Health branch, told Socialist Worker

“Future generations will be shafted by this deal—not just health workers, but NHS patients too. Who wants an NHS run by people aged nearly 70?

“The deal means we all pay more into pension schemes and get less when we retire. Striking together can win so much more.

“Unison should join the action on 10 May and future strikes.”

Health workers are calling on trade unionists to leaflet local NHS workplaces to help build the vote to reject. A no vote could see 450,000 more health workers joining future pensions strikes.

Alongside Unite health workers, civil service workers, lecturers and teachers, this could see around one million workers striking together this month or in June.

Unison members must keep the pressure on leaders to join strikes urgently if workers reject the deal.

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