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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.

Yunus Bakhsh could be fired within days

03 June 2008
High profile health trade unionist Yunus Bakhsh could be sacked this week after health bosses decided to press ahead with a disciplinary hearing against him – despite Yunus not being well enough to attend.

Karen Reissmann seeks Unison executive place

03 June 2008
Leading health trade unionist Karen Reissmann is seeking nominations to the national executive of her Unison union.

Yunus Bakhsh: three ways to help

27 May 2008
Every health worker knows their first duty is to ensure no harm comes to those they are caring for. NHS trusts have a duty of care that is enshrined in law.

Questions for Unison on Yunus Bakhsh

27 May 2008
A shocking story is emerging from Yunus’s continuing battle to clear his name within his Unison union.

Key blow against union suspensions

20 May 2008
Leaders of the Unison union were delivered two shattering blows last week when the trade union certification officer ruled that a crackdown on two of the union’s best known left wingers broke the union’s own rules – and in one case even broke the law.

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