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Organising for pay a fight in the health service

15 May 2007
Leading trade union activists in the health service are battling to ensure that anger at the government’s 1.9 percent pay insult is turned into effective industrial action.

Decade of NHS cuts

01 May 2007
Ten years after Tony Blair announced that there were "24 hours to save the NHS" the extent of the financial crisis in the health service and the mania for privatisation has become even more apparent.

'Anonymous witnesses' to be used in Yunus Bakhsh hearing

01 May 2007
Management at the Tyne & Wear NHS Trust continued their victimisation of leading Unison union activist Yunus Bakhsh this week, insisting that they will use "anonymous witnesses" in their disciplinary hearing against him.

Irish nurses escalate action

24 April 2007
Nurses in Ireland are escalating a series of stoppages at hospitals across the country in a campaign over pay and the state of the health service. Their action shows that it is possible to organise national strike action in the NHS

Unison health workers vote for action against pay insult

24 April 2007
The possibility of a nationwide strike in the NHS has taken a big step forward as health workers voted to reject the below inflation pay award they have been offered.

Anger and argument over union funding of Labour at Unison health conference

24 April 2007
The question of Unison’s relationship to the Labour Party was a running sore through the conference.

Date set for national demo to save the NHS

24 April 2007
As the conference opened, Unison announced a date for the long called for national demonstration in defence of the NHS – Saturday 13 October.

‘I’m going blind because NHS won’t fund my treatment’

24 April 2007
An 86 year old from Derby is going blind – because his health authority won’t make his treatment available on the NHS.

Irish nurses’ action shows way to fight

17 April 2007
As British health unions consider taking industrial action over pay and the state of the NHS, some 40,000 Irish nurses and midwives are in their third week of industrial action.

Over one million workers could unite over pay in NHS

17 April 2007
The prospect of the first national strike action in the NHS in Britain for nearly two decades took a step forward this week. The Royal College of Nurses (RCN) conference voted to clear the way for its members to take industrial action.

Student nurses: ‘We work hard to hold NHS together’

10 April 2007
"Before becoming a student nurse I spent a lot of time working in bars and cafes," says John Finnegan, who came to Britain from Ireland.

Pay anger could lead to first nationwide action in NHS for 20 years

07 April 2007
The prospect of the first mass national industrial action in the NHS for almost 20 years took a big step forward last week as the Unison union agreed to ballot its members over pay.

Gordon Brown signals end to free NHS

24 March 2007
Gordon Brown this week made clear his enthusiasm for ending universal healthcare on the NHS.

Angry junior doctors take protest to the streets

24 March 2007
The latest outburst of anger over New Labour’s attacks on the health service saw 12,000 junior doctors take to the streets of London last weekend.

Fight to defend key NHS activist Yunus Bakhsh

17 March 2007
In the course of a few days this week Yunus Bakhsh, a leading Unison union and health activist, could be both disciplined by his union and sacked from his job as a psychiatric nurse.

Health workers angry at pay insult

17 March 2007
The government’s recently announced 1.9 percent pay increase for more than a million NHS workers is provoking widespread anger, particularly among those on the lowest grades.

Gordon Brown’s pay insult for NHS staff

10 March 2007
More than a million NHS staff and others working in the public sector are facing a pay cut in real terms after chancellor Gordon Brown decided to implement their pay review body recommendations in two stages.

Pictures of NHS day of action, 3 March

10 March 2007

Day of action on 3 March - United action for the NHS

10 March 2007
Thousands of protesters took to the streets in towns and cities across Britain in defence of the NHS last Saturday.

‘Blair’s legacy is cuts, chaos and closures in the health service’

10 March 2007
The full scale of the impending NHS crisis was laid bare last week. It emerged that three out of four primary care trusts (PCTs), which run GP clinics and health centres, are restricting patients’ access to treatment.

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