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Junior doctors could strike

by Tomáš Tengely-Evans
Issue No. 2472

The Tories are also attacking NHS workers—and could face a revolt from junior doctors.

Their bogus plans to impose “seven day working” in an NHS where most services already run seven days a week is about making staff work longer for less. 

By suppressing wages and tearing up terms and conditions, they aim to soften the NHS up for privatisation.

As part of this they are imposing new contracts on junior doctors, slashing the supplements they rely on to boost their salaries, which start at £22,636. 

The doctors’ British Medical Association (BMA) withdrew from talks in the face of intransigence and have threatened the possibility of strikes. A petition calling on the BMA to back strikes got more than 33,000 signatures by Friday of last week.

Other unions have pledged to oppose the seven day working plans, but have yet to call action.

Patients and workers need to fight to defend the NHS from Tory attacks.

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Tue 22 Sep 2015, 15:00 BST
Issue No. 2472
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