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Unite to fight to reopen health pay deal

25 November 2008
NHS trade union activists in the Unite union are gearing up for a day of action over pay on Wednesday 3 December.

Anger as Unison expels Yunus Bakhsh

25 November 2008
Britain’s biggest public sector union has expelled one of its best-known activists following a campaign against him that has lasted for nearly two years.

The NHS and cancer drugs: what price on life?

11 November 2008
If you’ve got money maybe you can buy some extra life. If you haven’t you’re only worth what the NHS can afford. That will be the effect of the government’s decision last week to allow cancer patients to pay for extra drugs without forfeiting NHS treatment.

Karen Reissmann Legal Defence Fund launched

04 November 2008
Supporters of Karen Reissmann – the sacked nurse who spoke out about the dangers of cuts and privatisation in mental health services in Manchester – launched a legal defence fund this week.

Vote to fightback on pay in health service

04 November 2008
The Unite union is balloting 100,000 health workers on a derisory three-year pay award. If a yes vote is recorded, we could see the first national action over NHS pay for many years.

Health activist appeals against dismissal

28 October 2008
Leading Unison activist Yunus Bakhsh is appealing against his sacking by Northumbia Tyne & Wear Health Trust. The appeal is now set for Wednesday 3 December—some six months after his dismissal.

PFI hospitals risk collapse

14 October 2008
The crisis is also threatening financial meltdown at new hospitals built under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) as NHS trusts find it difficult to refinance their debts.

Huntingdon march to defend hospital

07 October 2008
Over 100 people demonstrated in Huntingdon last Saturday against plans to hand over management of Hinchingbrooke Hospital to a private company.

Camden public meeting opposes GP privatisation

09 September 2008
A packed public meeting last week buoyed campaigners against the privatisation of the NHS in Camden, north London.

Health cuts could lead to new protests

09 September 2008
The prospect of cuts to vital services in hospitals up and down the country remerged last week as an "independent" panel backed health authority plans to downgrade services at two hospitals.

Unite plans action over Health Service pay

09 September 2008
The Unite union, which represents over 100,000 NHS workers, is set to continue the fight for decent pay in the health service.

Karen Reissmann - campaign continues

02 September 2008
The campaign continues to defend sacked nurse Karen Reissmann and the right to speak out in defence of the NHS – despite the postponement of her employment tribunal.

Outrage at Yunus Bakhsh disciplinary

02 September 2008
Unison union activists were outraged to hear that their union leadership had commenced a disciplinary hearing into Yunus Bakhsh, the highly respected health worker and trade unionist.

Campaigners strike a blow against NHS polyclinics

02 September 2008
Campaigners against the privatisation of the NHS in north west England were celebrating last week as Preston council backed a motion that opposed plans to build a polyclinic in the city.

NHS policies deny vital treatment to cancer patients

26 August 2008
Some 26 leading cancer consultants have written to the government demanding properly funded cancer treatment. One section of the letter states, "We have seen distraught patients remortgaging their houses, giving up pensions and selling cars to buy drugs."

Blow for health privatisation

19 August 2008
Health workers in the south west of England were celebrating last week after government plans for further health service privatisation were dealt a blow.

Bristol paramedics must dial 999 for support

12 August 2008
Paramedics on emergency callouts in the Bristol area have had to phone 999 to demand back-up.

Care workers’ one hour strike at Fremantle

12 August 2008
Some 200 Fremantle care workers in the Unison union in Barnet, north London, struck for one hour on Thursday of last week in their continuing campaign against the company’s attacks on their terms and conditions. The workers were outsourced to private company Fremantle from Barnet council. In early 2007, Fremantle bosses sacked the workers and re-employed them on worse terms and conditions. The new contracts meant that workers’ pay was cut by roughly a third

Employment tribunal for Karen Reissmann

05 August 2008
Sacked trade union activist and nurse Karen Reissmann is taking her employers to an employment tribunal.

Fremantle care workers set to strike next week

05 August 2008
Some 200 Fremantle care workers in the Unison union in Barnet, north London, were set to strike on Thursday of this week in their continuing campaign against the company’s attacks on their terms and conditions.

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