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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.

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.

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.

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.

Ballot launched to defend NHS activist Karen Reissmann

31 July 2007
Leading trade unionists from across Greater Manchester joined scores of health workers at a 300-strong meeting last week in support of Karen Reissmann.

Sheffield health service workers to strike over pay cuts

31 July 2007
Workers at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital look set to go on strike over pay cuts after management axed thousands of pounds in allowances. The ballot result was due on Thursday and, if passed, it would be the first strike of its kind at the hospital for 30 years.

Scarborough hospital trust axes 600 jobs

24 July 2007
A North Yorkshire NHS trust has announced plans to axe 600 staff – a third of its workforce – in a bid to save more than £28 million.

Privatisation in the NHS in the name of ‘tackling inequality’

17 July 2007
A government-backed review of NHS services in London last week could lead to wholesale closures of accident and emergency wards, doctor’s surgeries and a number of district general hospitals.

Unison activists plan public rally to defend suspended nurse Karen Reissmann

10 July 2007
The campaign to defend Karen Reissmann, the psychiatric nurse and Unison union activist who has been suspended from work, is continuing to gain support.

Unison backing for suspended nurse, Karen Reissmann

26 June 2007
Supporters of Karen Reissmann – the psychiatric nurse and Unison activist who was suspended by her employer two weeks ago – were heartened to hear that both the national executive of her union and its health executive have pledged her their full backing.

Unison vows to defend Karen Reissmann against trust

21 June 2007
Supporters of Karen Reissmann – the psychiatric nurse and Unison union activist who was suspended by her employer last week – were heartened to hear that Unison’s national executive committee have pledged their full backing for Karen.

Anger as trust suspends Unison activist Karen Reissmann

20 June 2007
A wave of anger is spreading among trade unionists, health workers and user groups in Manchester following the suspension of longstanding nurse and union activist Karen Reissmann from her job on Friday of last week.

Hospital nursery crisis leaves health workers holding the baby

12 June 2007
Experienced staff at the Royal London hospital in east London are facing the possibility of being unable to continue work because of the closure of a scandal-hit private on-site nursery.

More cuts despite NHS underspend

05 June 2007
The revelation that the health service is predicted to underspend its budget by up to £500 million will come as shock to the thousands of NHS staff who, should they manage to keep their jobs, face a below inflation pay rise.

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.

'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.

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