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Whipps Cross workers pass no confidence vote in bosses - and call for action

Issue No. 2370

Health workers and trade unionists backed a motion of no confidence in their bosses at a meeting at Whipps Cross Hospital in east London yesterday, Thursday.

The meeting brought together the RCN, Unison and Unite unions.

Only one person voted against the motion. Workers also voted to back industrial action to defend jobs and wages, with two abstentions. Unison is preparing to hold an indicative ballot for strikes next week.

Management has targeted Charlotte Monro, longstanding Unison branch chair and health activist. She has been charged with multiple counts of gross misconduct.

A protest to defend her has been called for 5pm on Monday of next week at Whipps Cross main gate. A demonstration has also been called for 21 September.

Hundreds of workers face “downbanding” wage cuts. Those who agree to be moved to lower grades will keep their current pay for 18 months. This is down from three years as agreed in the national NHS conditions.

Bosses have threatened that anyone not agreeing will get their pay cut after only a year.

The hospital is part of Barts Health NHS trust, the largest trust in England. It also has the largest Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme totaling £1.1 billion which was used to rebuild Barts and Royal London hospitals.

PFI repayments cost the trust £2 million a week and bosses plan to slash jobs and wages to help pay for it.

Workers also fear that valuable pieces of land, such as the site of the derelict nurses’ home at Whipps Cross, will be sold off to private companies.

Join the protest - 5pm, Monday 16 September, main gate, Whipps Cross Hospital, Whipps Cross Rd, London E11 1NR
saveournhs-el.org.uk

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Fri 13 Sep 2013, 14:14 BST
Issue No. 2370
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