Further news from Unite the Resistance in York:
Hunt’s ‘snub’ to NHS staff on pay sparks four-hour strike on 24 November
The continual failure of health secretary Jeremy Hunt to engage with NHS staff over their declining pay in real terms has sparked a four-hour strike across the health service in England on 24 November, Unite, the country’s largest union.
Unite head of health Rachael Maskell said: “It is crystal clear that Jeremy Hunt and his government have pulled down the shutters on talks to improve the ever-eroding incomes of the 1.35 million-strong NHS workforce.
“It is a snub to the dedicated and hardworking health professionals that sustain the NHS day in, day out, 365 days-a-year, as demand for services soar.
“The stonewalling of Hunt has energised our members to build on the industrial action they took earlier this month and to strike for four hours on Monday 24 November.” Continue reading Health strikes
Please see the report and announcement below from Unite the Resistance in York:
Unite the Resistance conference: Inspiration from the struggle, debates on the way forward
Around 550 trade unionists and campaigners attended sessions at the Unite the Resistance event in London on Saturday including delegates from York. It was a call for action against austerity, racism and scapegoating.There were many inspiring moments.
The incredible Flavia Cabral, McDonald’s striker from the Bronx, receives standing ovation for sharing experience of the fight for $15 an hour and a union
Greg Reynoso, fast food strike organiser from New York City, speaks at packed workshop: ‘The fight against zero hours and organising the unorganised’
Inspiring stuff from Brooklyn KFC worker Alvin Major, who was involved in the first New York fast food strike in late 2012 that launched the now US-wide movement for $15 an hour and a union
Unite the Resistance opening plenary welcomes Flavia, Alvin, Greg and Nick from the fight for $15 and a union
Continue reading Unite the Resistance Conference
Please see the message below which has come via the Yorkshire & Humber TUC about an event taking place in Leeds this week for Defend NHS groups and interested parties.
With the NHS up the political agenda as the Political parties scrabble for votes it feel like time for big gestures as well as the hard graft of day to day campaigning It will be really helpful to catch up with has has been going on round the region, share ideas and consider whether we can launch some co-ordinated and/ or combined action to max impact and try to get much needed media attention.
I hope groups will try to get along and spread the word about our meeting this Thursday20th November.
It will be from 7.15-9.15 in the function room at The Victoria Hotel, Great George Street, immediately behind Leeds Town hall. It’s about a 10 minute walk from Leeds bus or train station. Parking isn’t great. Leeds Met’s Rosebowl , just next to the Civic Hall has an outdoor and indoor car park for £3 and meters are £2 after 6pm. However there is German Xmas market in Millennium Square so the area will be fairly busy.
Look forward to seeing you on Thursday.
All the best