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Health workers must throw out pay deal

06 May 2008
After two consecutive years of pay cuts the government is telling more than a million health workers that we must tighten our belts yet again with our new pay deal.

Yunus Bakhsh gets a hearing

22 April 2008
Unison union activist Yunus Bakhsh, who is involved in a bitter battle against his employers, took part in a hearing against his union last week.

Defend Yunus Bakhsh meeting at health conference

15 April 2008
Over 100 delegates packed into a meeting to hear leading Unison activist Yunus Bakhsh outline the way he is being victimised by his employers for his trade union activities – and how his fight is being undermined by his own union.

Debating privatisation at the Unison health conference

15 April 2008
The continuing threat of health privatisation formed an important backdrop to many conference debates.

Join the national lobby over Karen Reissmann on 7 May

08 April 2008
Health workers and campaigners who support Karen Reissmann, the nurse and trade unionist sacked for speaking out against cuts and privatisation, are asking their supporters to join a national lobby of parliament.

Lobby for Karen Reissmann

01 April 2008
Health workers are organising for the national lobby of parliament in support of Karen Reissmann, the sacked nurse and trade unionist.

Maternity services saved at Horton hospital in Oxfordshire

25 March 2008
Campaigners for the NHS in Oxfordshire were celebrating this week after winning their campaign to save maternity services at the Horton hospital in Banbury.

Keep backing victimised health service trade unionists

25 March 2008
A crucial time is coming for two high profile health workers who have been victimised by their employers for their trade union activities.

Unison activists appeal against ban on standing in elections

11 March 2008
Leading Unison union activists Karen Reissmann and Yunus Bakhsh have appealed against the decision to bar them from re-standing for the union’s health executive.

An attack on democracy in Unison

04 March 2008
Unison leaders are also attempting to ensure that another sitting member of the health service group executive is blocked from re-election.

Karen Reissmann: barred from election for being victimised

04 March 2008
Karen Reissmann, the nurse and leading union activist at the centre of a long-running strike for the right to speak out against cuts and privatisation, has been delivered a vicious blow – not by her former employers, but by those conducting elections in her own union, Unison.

Health round-up

04 March 2008
Sheffield Cutlers Hall Around 40 student nurses, health workers and patients gathered outside Sheffield’s Cutlers Hall on Thursday last week to protest against Virgin Healthcare’s attempt to make profits from the NHS.

Protests continue against Virgin Healthcare roadshow

26 February 2008
Protests against the privatisation of the NHS are continuing outside the Virgin Healthcare roadshow that tours Britain.

Back Yunus Bakhsh as bosses step up the pressure

26 February 2008
There was further evidence this week of the pressure that the Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland mental health NHS trust is putting upon leading union activist Yunus Bakhsh.

Health trust’s latest insult to Yunus Bakhsh

19 February 2008
Management at one of the biggest health service organisations in Britain, the Newcastle North Tyneside and Northumberland mental health NHS trust, is going to extraordinary measures to sack respected union activist and psychiatric nurse Yunus Bakhsh.

Campaigning for Karen Reissmann

12 February 2008
The fight to reinstate Manchester Unison union activist Karen Reissmann to her job as a community psychiatric nurse continues with campaigners this week launching a series of initiatives.

Cuts in number of health visitors puts Waltham Forest children at risk

12 February 2008
Health visitors in east London, who have suffered a 40 percent reduction in numbers since 2000, are warning that unless cuts are reversed the safety of hundreds of children could be compromised.

NHS privatisation: the ‘sicko’ firms who are after your GP surgery

05 February 2008
Multinational firms have got their eyes on your local doctor’s surgery.

Defend Yunus Bakhsh

22 January 2008
The campaign against the victimisation of leading health trade unionist Yunus Bakhsh received a boost this week.

Health workers lobby for Karen Reissmann

22 January 2008
Mental health workers in Manchester plan to lobby health minister Ivan Lewis MP this Friday as part of their campaign for the reinstatement of nurse and union activist Karen Reissmann.

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