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Workers fight privatisation

Issue No. 2008

Dean Lane

Dean Lane

Workers from NHS Logistics, the not for profit agency that supplies hospitals, organised a march in Maidstone, Kent, last Saturday as part of their campaign against plans to sell off the service.

Dean Lane, the assistant branch secretary of the Unison union at the Kent depot, said, “We’ve had a consultative ballot for strike action already and 92 percent voted in favour at our branch. There’s a mood for action in the other four depots as well.

“There are about 200 union members at the Kent depot. We’ve asked for a strike ballot. I think it’s important we don’t wait for the agency to be privatised.

“We’re an exemplary service. We’ve won five major awards in recent years.

“A one-day strike wouldn’t be felt, but if we struck for three or four days it would be crippling, because hospitals only keep three days stock of supplies. I think if we took action it would be solid.”

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Sat 8 Jul 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2008
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