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Solidarity maintains the Dundee porters’ strike

Issue No. 2454

The indefinite strike by porters at Ninewells and Royal Victoria hospitals in Dundee is going strong as it enters its seventh week. 

The Unite union members are in dispute with NHS Tayside bosses who refuse to grade their pay the same as most hospital porters in Scotland. This would provide around £200 a month extra.

A meeting with bosses last week, planned to begin the reviewing process, came to nothing.

The porters are solid and solidarity has poured in from across Britain to support their struggle. They have also made strong links with the homelessness caseworkers in Glasgow (see above).

Last week a busload of strikers from Dundee joined a united protest in Glasgow.

Striker Ross told Socialist Worker, “It was great to go down and support them as they’ve been up to Dundee to support us.

“We’ve never had anyone from Labour or the Scottish National Party join us on the picket line—only socialists have supported us.”

Go to Facebook group Support Ninewells Porters and send a message of solidarity to ninewellsrvhporters@gmail.com

Around 60 bilingual health advocates at Barts Health trust celebrated winning a year-long fight against downbanding and staff cuts with a victory meal last weekend. 

The advocates worked with the Unite and Unison unions to challenge the cuts. 

Anna Livingstone


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