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Sparks fly

Issue No. 1744

Sparks fly

Fighting for NHS

DUDLEY health strikers were set to lobby the Department of Health in London and their local NHS trust in Stourbridge on Wednesday as part of their battle against NHS privatisation.

The 600 ancillary workers, members of the UNISON union, have been taking official action since August to stop the transfer of their jobs to a private consortium under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI). The latest deadline for the transfer contract was due to be Wednesday.

The strikers' action has forced the NHS trust to repeatedly delay the signing. The strikers are circulating a resolution amongst UNISON branches to push the union leadership to organise a date for a national solidarity demonstration against PFI.

The union's health executive agreed at the annual conference last month to call a national demonstration but have kept silent ever since. The strikers are due to end their current three-week strike on Friday 27 April.

  • Send messages of support and donations to UNISON Dudley Group of Hospitals, Union Offices, Wordsley Hospital, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 5QX.

Spring is in the air

PICKETS SHUT down two factories in Sheffield last week in strikes over pay and jobs. Workers at William Cook's Heavy Foundry took action after a 100 percent vote in a ballot.

And workers at spring makers Turton Tonks were also out. Both groups of workers plan more action.

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Vote for action

CAR WORKERS at the Peugeot plant in Coventry could be set for strikes after a narrow vote for action in a ballot.

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NON-UNION workers joined with their unionised workmates to walk out on strike at an engineering company in the West Midlands last week in a fight over an incentive bonus scheme.

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Offer is rejected

COUNCIL WORKERS in Hackney, east London, have thrown out the council's "final" offer and backed a five-day strike. The Labour-Tory coalition council is pushing a �50 million cuts package. The workers' vote could see the new strike against wage and job cuts begin on 30 April.

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Sat 21 Apr 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1744
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