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Dundee porters' strike piles pressure on SNP and the bosses

Issue No. 2455

Striking Dundee NHS porters have called a protest at the Scottish parliament on Thursday of this week to demand the Scottish National Party (SNP) supports their pay dispute.

The Unite union members have been on all-out strike now for eight weeks. 

NHS Tayside bosses have refused to budge and grade the porters the same as the vast majority working in the NHS in Scotland. 

SNP health minister and Dundee MSP Shona Robison had said nothing about the dispute until she finally met porters’ reps on Monday of this week.

Pressure is clearly building on hospital bosses after pictures from inside the hospital revealed overflowing bins full of clinical waste. 

And last week a circular to nurses revealed bosses have asked them to scab on the strike by dealing with clean and used linen.

A striking porter told Socialist Worker, “Lots of nurses have refused point blank to do it.”

Show support for the porters and join their lobby of the Scottish parliament Thursday 28 May, from 10.30am. See Support Ninewells Porters on Facebook to send messages of solidarity

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Tue 26 May 2015, 16:01 BST
Issue No. 2455
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