Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/702/13590

From The Socialist newspaper, 25 January 2012

Defend Len Hockey: Outrageous attack on Whipps Cross hospital workers

A Unison member

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.

In a move clearly aimed at trying to intimidate the workforce, Len has been invited to attend an investigation hearing on 30 January in connection with his role as lead representative for these staff. This comes on the back of attacks by the company in the recent weeks.

Redundancies

These include making domestic supervisors and help desk staff redundant and the demotion of deputy head portering grades. The workers have also experienced a big increase in the number of disciplinary measures they have been subjected to over the recent months.

The fighting record of these staff was shown in two rounds of strike action over the past years. This succeeded in eliminating inequality of treatment among workers and secured harmonised pay and conditions with NHS staff. It earned the branch first prize nationally for organising and recruitment.

Len, a porter at the hospital for 23 years, went on to describe workers' anger turning to revulsion when his members informed him over the weekend of a letter sent to them and which he had not seen.

This is from the Unison Greater London region. The letter, signed by the regional organiser and sent to Len's members but addressed to Len, attacked and misrepresented his campaigning record in what appears to be a deliberate attempt to drive a wedge between the members and Len himself.

"With cuts and all the daily problems workers face, the last thing you would expect is a blow from behind," Len commented. "This act points up the urgent need for all union officials to be elected, paid a wage in line with the members they represent and held to account - particularly to our low paid members as is the case here". He added: "A campaign and response to these attacks is now set to take place."

Also send copies to Len Hockey at leonardhockey789@hotmail.co.uk

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 25 January 2012:


Anti-cuts campaign

Hard Times - but not for the 1%


Socialist Party editorial

The trade unions and Labour

Add your name to the TUSC petition

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition election conference


Socialist Party news and analysis

Public sector pensions: 'Coalition of the willing' gathering strength

Financial vultures kill Peacocks

Con-Demned to unemployment

Fight the Tories' Welfare Reform Bill

Victory against Dorries' abstinence education bill

Keep the racist EDL out of Leicester

Them & Us


Education

Haringey parents say: No to academies!

NUS calls national student walkout


Socialist Party feature

Balfour Beatty re-ballot: Vote to strike again

Sweetheart stitch-ups in the electrical industry: A spark's history of the Joint Industry Board

Exposed - the dirty world of the construction blacklist


International socialist news and analysis

Egypt - A year of revolution and counter-revolution


Socialist Party workplace news

Stepping up the action to defend pensions at Unilever

Defend Len Hockey: Outrageous attack on Whipps Cross hospital workers

Pontefract hospital: Army withdrawn - now kick out PFI!

Save Vine services

Llanelli: Save Prince Philip's A&E

Stop the Salford day centre closures

Kirklees parents say 'save our children's centres!'

Greenwich Unite members oppose cuts, privatisation and racism

Workplace news in brief


 

Home   |   The Socialist 25 January 2012   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Len Hockey:

triangleNorth London Socialist Party: Save our NHS - the lessons of the Barts strike

triangleDeal concludes Barts health strike - "We have raised our heads high"

triangleBarts strike - 'Up the ante' if necessary

triangleStrike together for better pay

triangleBarts strike: Keep up the pressure on Serco and the trust!

Whipps Cross:

triangleUnison attacks Barts deal after failing to ballot their members for strike action

triangleThree London strikes coordinate demos

triangleSupport the Bart's strikers

triangleWaltham Forest Trades Council: Back the Whipps Cross strikers!

Hospital:

triangleYork socialists head resistance to NHS outsourcing

triangleTragic death exposes criminal understaffing of NHS

triangleNHS we're ready to fight

Unison:

triangleThreat of action defeats pay cut at Surrey council

triangleUnison national women's conference

London:

triangleTower Hamlets Socialist Party: 120 years since the death of Eleanor Marx

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

20/2/18

Manchester

After 80 strike days Mears workers achieve victory

19/2/18

Walthamstow

Building the campaign against clearances of the working class

16/2/18

Haringey

No fudge with the right wing

15/2/18

TUSC

TUSC statement on sentencing of Derby TUSC agent

14/2/18

Haringey

Haringey protests HDV - but Labour fails to kill it off completely

14/2/18

UCU

Uni strike: coordinate public sector fightback

14/2/18

Cardiff

Enjoyable and successful Cardiff Refugee Rights gig

14/2/18

Carlisle

Carlisle debate - socialism or social democracy?

14/2/18

Firefighters

Staines fire services saved

14/2/18

Surrey

Threat of action defeats pay cut at Surrey council

14/2/18

Woolwich

Woolwich Crossrail walkouts to demand promised bonuses

14/2/18

London

Sadiq Khan's bus drivers' London licence doesn't go far enough

14/2/18

Mansfield

Stop press: victory - campaign saves NHS rehab ward

8/2/18

Newham

Teachers strike again as anti-academy pressure mounts

7/2/18

Unison

Unison national women's conference

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0191 421 6230

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999