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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Hospital march in Bridlington

29 July 2008

Unison postpone Yunus Bakhsh disciplinary

22 July 2008
Supporters of Yunus Bakhsh – the high profile nurse and activist who has been sacked for his trade union activities – were encouraged this week as the Unison union decided to postpone its own disciplinary action against him.

Unite NHS day of action

22 July 2008
Members of the Unite union working in the NHS organised a national day of action over the three-year below-inflation pay deal imposed on health workers. Union members in London, Brighton, Norwich, Liverpool, Manchester, Nuneaton, Leeds, Poole, Belfast and Nottingham all held protests.

Trust boss who sacked Karen Reissmann quits

16 July 2008
The health boss who sacked union activist Karen Reissmann for speaking out against cuts and privatisation has herself resigned following a damning report into mental health services in Manchester.

Head of trust which sacked Karen Reissmann resigns

09 July 2008
Sheila Foley, the chief executive of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care trust has resigned following a damning report into the trust's service provision.

Preston challenges polyclinics

01 July 2008
Central Lancashire Primary Care trust has recently announced plans to open a "primary care assessment centre" – or "polyclinic" – in Preston.

60th anniversary of the NHS

24 June 2008
The NHS turns 60 on 5 July and the BBC is marking the occasion with a week of TV and radio programmes looking at the history, development and current state of Britain’s health service.

Why Unison members in NHS accepted the deal

10 June 2008
Members of the Unison union working for the NHS have voted, disappointingly, by 64 percent to accept a three year pay deal. This offers 2.75 percent, 2.4 percent and 2.2 percent for the next three years.

Health activist Yunus Bakhsh faces sack

10 June 2008
Leading NHS union activist Yunus Bakhsh faces the verdict in the disciplinary hearing held by his employer this week. Twenty months since he was originally suspended from work, his NHS trust is set to sack him.

Anger at health pay cuts

03 June 2008
Unions in the NHS are reflecting anger at the government’s three-year below-inflation pay offer.

Sick show trial for health activist Yunus Bakhsh

03 June 2008
Health bosses in Newcastle have created a storm of anger as they move to discipline leading trade unionist Yunus Bakhsh – despite doctors saying he is too ill to attend their hearing and urging the trust to delay its action.

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