United Left has added its voice to the many messages of support flooding in for our hard-pressed NHS workers taking strike action nationwide on Monday 24 November - the second national NHS strike action in as many months.
The strike lasts four hours from 7 – 11 am and will be followed by a week of "work-to-rule" in which NHS workers will take their full breaks.
Unions taking part include UNISON, GMB, UNITE, and Royal College of Midwives as before. This time they will also be joined by Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT), Society of Radiographers (SoR), British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT), Managers in Partnership (MiP) and Prison Officers Association (POA).
The initial four hour strike will be followed by a further period of action short of strike action. In addition to the above unions, the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA) and British Dietetic Association (BDA) will not be taking strike action on 24 November but will be asking their members to take part in a week of action short of strike action between Tuesday 25 and Sunday 30 November 2014.
Martin Mayer United Left Chair said "NHS workers including nurses, midwives, porters and technical staff will be taking another round of strike action on Monday and they deserve our support. This Coalition Government has hammered pay and conditions for NHS workers since 2010 and now Jeremy Hunt Secretary of State has refused to implement even the measly 1% pay rise recommended by the Government's own pay review body. They should be congratulated on taking the very tough decision to take strike action and fighting back against five years of pay cuts in real terms under this Government's austerity programme."
Following the resignation of long-serving UL exec member John Sheridan, there is a vacancy on the Executive Council for the Construction, Building and Allied Workers national industrial sector.
Frank Morris has been chosen by UNITED LEFT and the sector's own vibrant Rank and File as their candidate.
Frank was sacked when he was our only UNITE Shop Steward on London's massive CrossRail project as the employers tried to make this a union-free zone. Thanks to a massive UNITE leverage campaign the construction bosses backed down and Frank was reinstated. For the first time union access to all sites was won too.
Frank knows about union victimisation. Frank knows about organising in a hostile anti-union atmosphere. Frank knows about Rank and File organisation and action. Frank knows about the power of UNITE's leverage strategy.
If your branch or workplace has members of this sector then please ensure you vote for Frank Morris.
London construction Branch LE/0555 Membership no 31019430 Employer Bam Frank on Crossrail
Download and distribute this leaflet to campaign for a vote for Frank.
There is a UNITE Executive Council by-election for the General Engineering and Manufacturing Services Industrial Sector (GEMS).
This sector is entitled to three seats.
A recent restructure of the Sector saw the private services membership (cleaners, janitors, care workers etc) transferring to a new Private Services industrial sector. Brenda Pleasants GEMS United Left Executive Council member has transferred across to the new Private Services sector as this is her industry.
This leaves a vacancy for an Executive Council seat representing the restructured GEMs sector. It is important we retain this seat for the United Left.
If your branch or workplace has members in the restructured GEMS sector, please ensure they vote for ROSS QUINN.
Branch NW/9515 Membership no 31033593 Employer IQA
Download Ross's election address here.