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Health cuts fuel superbug crisis

16 October 2007
Last week’s Healthcare Commission report into patient deaths at the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS trust is truly shocking.

Manchester health strikers defend nurse Karen Reissmann

02 October 2007
Management at Manchester mental health trust this week moved closer to disciplining, and possibly even sacking, leading health trade unionist Karen Reissmann.

More strikes to defend activist Karen Reissmann

25 September 2007
Striking mental health workers in Manchester were planning to take the fight for the reinstatement of union rep Karen Reissmann to the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth this week.

Save Whipps Cross hospital meeting

25 September 2007
Up to 300 people attended a public meeting in Woodford Green in north east London organised by the Save Whipps Cross Hospital campaign and Keep Our NHS Public last week.

Build the NHS Together demonstration

25 September 2007
Every trade unionist should join the Unison union’s march to defend the National Health Service, and keep it firmly in the public sector.

Swansea health workers force bosses back at Morriston hospital

25 September 2007
Health workers in Swansea have succeeded in winning a month’s suspension of planned ward closures and job losses after threatening to go on strike.

Lack of leadership means NHS pay deal accepted

18 September 2007
Hundreds of thousands of health workers are going to receive below-inflation pay awards after union leaders decided on a compromise with the government.

New strikes to defend Karen Reissmann

18 September 2007
Mental health workers in Manchester decided at a 120-strong union meeting last week to take two further days of action during next week’s Labour Party conference.

20,000 march for Vale of Leven hospital

11 September 2007
Up to 20,000 people marched last Saturday to save services at the Vale of Leven hospital in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. There is a widespread feeling that the "substantial downgrading" that is expected to result from a pending report will put people’s lives at risk.

Solid strike against pay cuts at Sheffield hospital

11 September 2007
"If they want to make pay cuts – they should start at the top!"

Union delegations join march for Karen Reissmann

11 September 2007
Delegations of Unison union members from across Britain helped to form a confident and determined 500-strong march through Manchester city centre last Sunday.

Strike to defend Karen Reissmann: bosses’ strike breaking tactics come unstuck

04 September 2007
Shocking evidence has come to light of the lengths NHS managers went to at Manchester community and mental health trust to try and break a solid three-day strike held by health workers last week to defend their victimised union rep.

Why the market is a mortal threat to the NHS

28 August 2007
The NHS is one of the most valued institutions in British society. But its very basis is under threat from the neoliberal policies that Gordon Brown’s New Labour government, the Tories and the Liberal Democrats, subscribe to.

Huge strike vote to defend NHS activist Karen Reissmann

21 August 2007
Health workers in Manchester have delivered a stinging rebuke to their management by voting by almost 90 percent to take strike action to defend suspended nurse and Unison union activist Karen Reissmann.

Overwhelming vote for strike action in defence of Karen Reissmann

16 August 2007
The Manchester Mental Health branch Unison vote on action in defence of activist Karen Reissmann has seen a stunning 87.3 percent yes for strike action, on a 47 percent turnout. The first strikes likely to be bewtween Wednesday 29 August and Friday 31 August. There is also a demonstration called for Sunday 9 September.

Glasgow social care workers' all-out strike wins concessions over regrading

14 August 2007
Three weeks of indefinite strike action by 600 social care workers in the Unison union in Glasgow have won concessions over regrading from the New Labour-run council.

Anger rises over Gordon Brown’s public sector pay limit

14 August 2007
"Pathetic", "laughable and "insulting". Those were the responses of angry health workers when shown their latest pay offer from the government.

Sheffield health workers strike over pay cuts

08 August 2007
Health workers are to walk out over pay cuts in the first strike at a Sheffield hospital for more than 30 years.

Throw out this health pay insult

08 August 2007
The "revised" pay offer made by the government to health workers last week is a disgrace. For those on lowest pay, it will mean an additional 90p a week at best. For those on higher bands it will mean an extra 50p and 70p a week.

Health workers must reject this new pay offer

31 July 2007
A very slight improvement to the government’s pay offer to more than a million NHS staff has been enough to persuade the leadership of the Unison union to put plans for industrial action on hold.

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