Health workers face the fourth year of a pay freeze, attacks on our Agenda for Change nationally agreed conditions, downgradings and a race to open the whole NHS to the market.
Wards are being closed, services lost and A&Es slashed. Cuts and demoralisation are hitting care.
Yet there have been huge demonstrations in defence of threatened hospitals—and struggles by workers, such as the Mid Yorkshire strike.
Unison conference should be the place to coordinate our resistance. But this seems far from the leadership’s agenda.
The executive is even set to oppose a march in defence of the NHS in the autumn.
We need our union to link up local fights, give confidence to branches and provide an outlet for all those who want to stand up for the NHS