Socialist Worker

'Our fight is for the NHS'

Issue No. 2303

Pickets at University College London Hospital  (Pic: Smallman )

Pickets at University College London Hospital (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Health workers in the Unite union won support for their strike after massive anger at the Tories’ NHS privatisation bill.

Lab scientists Esther and Siobhan at St Thomas’ Hospital in central London told Socialist Worker, “The attack on our pensions is about making us more attractive to private companies. We’re striking as much for the NHS as we are for ourselves.

“Even under Thatcher the feeling wasn’t this strong.”

At Hull Royal Infirmary, 30 Unite members were on the picket line. “We’ve had a great response, even some out-patients refused to cross picket lines”, said one striker. “They recognise that this is for the whole NHS”.

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