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Tony Staunton: union activist was wrongly barred from executive election

20 May 2008
The Trade union certification officer found that Tony Staunton, a member of the Unison union’s south west regional council for more than a decade, was "unreasonably excluded" from being a candidate in the 2007 national executive elections.

Who produced the fake Yunus Bakhsh leaflet?

13 May 2008
In an extraordinary twist in the ongoing attempt to victimise left wing health activist Yunus Bakhsh, a new and mysterious leaflet has been produced.

Hundreds lobby for Karen Reissmann

13 May 2008
More than 200 health workers, trade unionists, service users and MPs packed into a room in the House of Commons last week to show their support for Karen Reissmann, the Manchester psychiatric nurse and leading union member who was sacked for speaking out against cuts and privatisation.

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.

Debating privatisation at the Unison health conference

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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