On Monday 13 October hundreds of thousands of NHS workers will strike in England. The strike is rejection of a paltry one percent pay offer from the government. Most healthworkers will not even get that.
The strike is from 7am-11am, and will see picket lines across the country.
These healthworkers work long hours to provide an essential public service.
David Cameron is determined to wreck the NHS through cuts, closures and privatisation. Opening up our health service to private companies will see services run into the ground. The NHS has to be driven by peoples’ health care needs not by the push to drive up profits by money grabbing big business.
The strike on 13 October is not just about fair pay, it’s about defence of our health service.
Sign this pledge sheet to support the strikes. Join the picket lines on 13 October, take a collection down, and take them some breakfast!
The strike in the NHS is part of a week of rolling strikes. On 14 October over a million local government workers will strike, and on 15 October civil servants will strike. On 18 October the TUC has called a ‘Britain Needs a Pay Rise’ demonstration in central London.
The march can be a huge show of strength against the Tories and austerity.
Everyone who wants to see fair pay and the defence of our public services
should be on that demonstration!
**breaking news. Royal College of Midwives to join strike action!
Fire Brigades Union ‘Ring of Fire’
FBU: Ring of fire anti-cuts protests this week
Tuesday 30 September – Portsmouth – Guildhall, Portsmouth , PO1 2AB
Wednesday 1 October – Plymouth – Armada Way, off Royal Parade, Plymouth , PL1 2HJ
Thursday 2 October – Cardiff – Roald Dahl Plass, Oval Basin , Cardiff Bay , CF10 6AN
Friday 3 October – Bristol – Castle Park , Broadweir, Bristol
Care UK resume strike
The ex-NHS care workers who now work for Care UK are out on strike again for three weeks from 7am this Monday 29 September through until 7am on 20 October.
This period of strike action will take them over the previous longest strike in the history of the health service (70 days).
Over £100,000 has been raised in trade union branches and workplaces around the country to support the workers, who’s fight for fair pay and against savage attacks on their terms and conditions is also a strike in defence of the National Health Service.
The strikers have been out and spoken at scores of meetings around the country, it’s now time to deepen that support.
Have you invited them in to speak at your union or campaign meeting? Send email requests to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheques can be made payable to: “Doncaster, District & Bassetlaw Health Branch” and sent to:
Jenkinson House, White Rose Way, Doncaster, DN4 5GJ (ps. £192 was collected for the strikes at a showing of the film ‘Pride’ at the Watershed last weekend!)
Could you do a collection at work for the strikers? Click here for the pdf of an updated collection sheet.
During their previous three week strike they joined care workers who work for Your Choice Barnet who were also on strike over similar attacks. They are set to strike again on Tuesday 14 October and Thursday 16 October.
The Care UK workers’ strike coincides with the big week of action from 13-18 October, which will see NHS workers strike on 13 October, local government workers strike on 14 October and civil service workers strike on 15 October. The TUC’s ‘Britain Needs A Pay Rise’ demonstration on Saturday 18 October.
For updates on their strikers itinerary and you can support them, go to their facebook page here
Barnet Unison has also organised a meeting in the House of Commons involving Your Choice Barnet and Care UK strikers on the crisis in social care. This takes place at 6.30pm, Tuesday 21 October, in Committee Room 10. It is important that it’s a well supported meeting. Please ensure to arrive early as the House of Commons run security checks and this tends to mean there is a queue to get in.
Roger Hutt and Mags Dalton from the Care UK strike, a speaker from the Your Choice Barnet strike and Helen Davies from Barnet Unison will all be speaking at the Unite the Resistance “Striking Together – Organising to Win” conference on Saturday 15 November. Click here to visit our conference page.