Brighton protest against NHS sell-off
Health campaigners in Brighton protested outside a meeting of the council and NHS health commissioning board last week to oppose plans to privatise children’s health services.
Virgin Care is the frontrunner to grab the contract.
Protest and strike call at St Barts
Health campaigners held a demonstration outside St Bartholomew’s Hospital in central London on Thursday of last week against attacks on the NHS.
Some 200 people marched from the hospital to St Paul’s Cathedral.
Junior doctor and NHS Solidarity organiser Mona Kamal spoke to Socialist Worker about the ongoing junior doctors’ dispute. “The next step is naming some dates for strikes,” she said.
Yannis Gourtsoyannis from the Junior Doctors Committee of the British Medical Association said, “We’ve been fighting for the future viability of the NHS. If we need to escalate, we will escalate.”
Unite backs Stand Up to Racism
Unite union conference continued last week. Delegates voted to affiliate to Stand Up To Racism and agreed to campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions on Israel.
There was debate over an executive statement on the European Union (EU) referendum result.
Some delegates argued that the union should take a more overtly pro-EU stance. Others slammed references to “abuse of free movement” as legitimising racist arguments about immigration.
TUC leader Frances O’Grady also spoke.
Shop fitters have built a pay strike
Over 40 workers at the shop fitters HMY Radford struck on Thursday of last week over the firm’s refusal to offer a pay rise.
The Unite union members based in Burnopfield, County Durham, are also working to rule and refusing to do overtime.
They make shelving units and shop fittings for companies including Tesco and Vodafone.
Water workers pull plug on overtime
Over 100 workers at water treatment works in the south west of England have begun an overtime ban after rejecting South West Water’s pay offer.
The workers are Unite union members. They were offered 1.8 percent plus a £120 unconsolidated lump sum.
Two-day Capita pay strike hits services
Staff at Capita sites across Britain struck on Monday and Tuesday over pay.
This followed a one-day strike in June.
Strikes took place in Reading, Bristol, Bournemouth, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Belfast and Stirling.
The bosses’ derisory pay offer will result in a real terms pay cut for 75 percent of Unite union members.
Capita client companies impacted included Prudential, Aviva, Royal London, Abbey Life and Guardian.
An overtime ban continues.
Disabled People Against Cuts and other groups held protests at 17 Capita sites on Wednesday of last week over the assessments it carries out for the government that strip people of their benefits.
Migrant cleaners hold march
Cleaning workers on all-out strike in the City of London held a protest on Wednesday of last week.
They work at 100 Wood Street where Goldman Sachs bank has offices.
Workers are striking for the reinstatement of their colleagues and a living wage. The protest marched on the head office of CBRE Ltd, which manages 100 Wood Street and blocked the road.
Victor, one of the workers, told the crowd, “We are men and women workers and we deserve respect. We will fight until the end.”
Protest for Prossie against deportation
Campaigners against the deportation of asylum seekers protested last week outside the Royal Courts of Justice.
The court was debating the legality of Detained Fast Track procedures (DFTs) for deportation appeals.
The procedures give people appealing deportation decisions just seven days to put together a case.
The protest was called by Movement for Justice.
One of the people affected is Prossie N, a lesbian from Uganda who has been deported and now is forced to live in hiding.