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Dudley votes for more action

Issue No. 1745

Fighting privatisation

Dudley votes for more action

DUDLEY hospitals strikers are about to enter their tenth month of strikes against privatisation. At a mass meeting on Friday of last week the strikers voted for another three-week strike, which could begin as early as next Tuesday, 1 May-International Workers' Day.

Several strikers at the mass meeting emphasised that the fight against the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) privatisation in Dudley was part of the same battle as that being fought by anti-globalisation protesters in Quebec.

The new strike vote was overwhelmingly won despite continued threats by the trust, the Summit Healthcare private consortium and the New Labour government to sign the PFI deal and begin transferring staff to the private sector. The strikers will be holding a May Day rally and social on Thursday 3 May at 7.30pm at Pensnett Welfare and Social Club, Commonside, Pensnett.

  • Mark New, joint UNISON branch secretary, Dudley Group of Hospitals
  • For more details please phone Mark New, branch secretary, on 07970 788 873. Send donations, payable to UNISON Dudley Group of Hospitals, to Union Offices, Wordsley Hospital, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 5QX.

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Sat 28 Apr 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1745
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