Reports and Campaigns
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27 March 2013
From 1 April, the Con-Dems Health and Social Care Act comes into force in England - ending the government's duty to provide comprehensive free healthcare and freeing the NHS from parliamentary control...
6 February 2013
A lunchtime union meeting of over 80 domestic and portering day workers at Whipps Cross hospital, east London heard about the branch's plans to fight the threatened pay and hours cuts
30 January 2013
Private health company Harmoni regularly ran out-of-hours clinics in London without doctors or nurses last year; it was originally set up as a GP cooperative and was the sort of organisation the Tories, Lib Dems and Labour all claim to support.
15 February 2012
Lansley's Bill can be stopped by a mass movement uniting health workers, trade unions and community campaigns, with a national Saturday demonstration to fire the signal that the battle has started, writes Jon Dale
7 February 2012
Len Hockey, a Unison rep at Whipps Cross hospital in London, has received a letter from his employer Initial stating that there is no case to answer in their attempt to discipline him
7 February 2012
Health workers across Whipps Cross hospital in north east London have rallied to the defence of Len Hockey, joint Unison branch secretary
1 February 2012
As previously reported in the Socialist, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is planning to close all 39 of its local offices and centralise operations at its Swansea headquarters.
25 January 2012
Shock and outrage by porters, domestics and switchboard staff at Whipps Cross hospital east London, greeted the news of the threat by Initial Facilities to discipline Unison joint branch secretary Len Hockey, a Unison member writes.
12 October 2011
There is huge support for the young people on the Jarrow March for Jobs, who call for massive investment in a programme to create socially useful jobs, writes Becci Heagney, Nottingham Socialist Party.
4 May 2011
Health workers, patients and anti-cuts campaigners took part in a protest on 28 April against the threatened closure of the Connaught day centre at Whipps Cross hospital in north east London, writes Bob Severn.
27 April 2011
The Con-Dem government claims that no frontline NHS services will be cut. But the Connaught day hospital, at Whipps Cross general hospital in north east London, is threatened with closure, writes Bob Severn and a Whipps Cross worker.
29 September 2010
IN AN ATTEMPT to obliterate the memory of a historic victory against the effects of privatisation, bosses at Whipps Cross Hospital Trust in East London removed a collection of photos of striking porters and domestics from a union notice board...
1 April 2009
Porters at Whipps Cross Hospital east London have voted overwhelmingly to be balloted for strike action by their union Unison...
14 November 2007
Fighting for the low-paid: The successful strike action of Unison Whipps Cross Hospital domestics, porters and switchboard staff against contractor Initial Hospital Services last year was a magnificent example of how determination and unity in action c... By Len Hockey, Joint Branch Secretary, Whipps Cross Hospital Unison (personal capacity)
1 March 2007
Calling for a national demonstration in 2006 - photo Paul Mattsson
19 December 2006
Despite the enormous demands on teachers at this time of the year both teachers and support staff at South Grove Primary made sure that they joined in the Whipps Cross protest against health cuts...
12 October 2006
14 September 2006
7 September 2006
24 August 2006
LOW-PAID ancillary workers were on the picket line outside Whipps Cross hospital in east London on 14 and 15 August. "We are determined to get a just settlement of our claim", joint UNISON branch secretary Len Hockey told the socialist.
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