UNISON health conference
DELEGATES to UNISON health conference last week voted unanimously to abandon the union's failed "twin track approach" of piecemeal opposition PFI in the health service. UNISON's health group executive is now committed to develop a new nationally coordinated strategy. Pressure forced union leaders to back the policy changes.
It should now name dates for a day of action and a national demonstration. An emergency motion from Dudley was also passed. It commits the union to organise a delegation, including strikers, to health ministers to state that if the Dudley project goes ahead UNISON will run a series of adverts in the national press stating that the government is privatising the NHS.
- MARK NEW, branch secretary, Dudley Group of Hospitals