Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/997/27435

From The Socialist newspaper, 30 May 2018

900-strong north west NHS strike

Part of the Wigan picket line, May 2018, photo by Keep Our NHS Public

Part of the Wigan picket line, May 2018, photo by Keep Our NHS Public   (Click to enlarge)

Becci Heagney, North West Socialist Party organiser

A historic strike has taken place at three hospitals in the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust. 900 porters, domestics and caterers are under threat from plans to transfer services to a 'wholly owned subsidiary' or 'special purpose vehicle' - forms of outsourcing which pave the way to NHS privatisation - called WWL Solutions.

Members of health unions Unison, Unite and GMB took 48 hours of strike action to oppose this after huge turnouts and votes for action in both the indicative and consultative ballots.

Big and lively picket lines were held and maintained from first thing in the morning until evening. Placards read: "WWL Solutions is not the NHS" and others: "Save Our NHS".

At a strike rally held in Wigan town centre, the biggest cheers were given to speakers who linked the strike to the need to defend the NHS from private companies.

The Socialist Party leaflet pointed to partial victories in Leeds in delaying the transfer of services to a special purpose vehicle and in Huddersfield in halting the closure of HRI - showing that nothing is inevitable about the destruction of the NHS. When we fight, we can win!

The announcement from the rally stage that two more strike days are to be announced was welcomed by the strikers.

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


In The Socialist 30 May 2018:


Donald Trump

Stop war, fight Trump, walk out on 13 July

United working class movements can defeat Trump


Irish abortion referendum

Landslide vote to repeal Ireland's abortion laws

Historic victory won by grassroots movement


Opinion

Sting's shipbuilders showcase class pride and change from below

Aberfan disaster novel reminds us Grenfell was not an anomaly

The Socialist Inbox


Socialist Party news and analysis

Johnson and Rees-Mogg widen Tory Brexit splits

Welsh Labour reprivatises rail lines: reverse Tory sell-offs!

Toxic air hits schools as EU ponders slap on wrist years late

England facing water shortage due to underinvestment

Them & Us


PCS conference

PCS conference 2018: members ready to fight to end pay misery


Workplace news and analysis

UCU conference: Members are organising and winning - build the union, build the struggles!

900-strong north west NHS strike

Unison ballots workers at Yorkshire hospitals at risk of privatisation

Wales TUC 2018: Socialist Party members challenge leadership at undemocratic conference

Springfield school strike in Birmingham against job cuts and workload

Broad Left candidate elected as Usdaw deputy general secretary


Nationalisation

Socialist nationalisation: what it is and why we need it


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Action demanded from new council

Hands off Teignmouth Hospital!

Socialist Party members inspired by revolutionary events

Police shootings in Tamil Nadu condemned

Leicester plans sales boost of 1,000th edition of the Socialist


 

Home   |   The Socialist 30 May 2018   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

NHS:

triangleYorks NHS workers fight outsourcing

triangleGMB union: NHS reps reject Tory pay offer

triangleSave our NHS

triangleNHS workers plan coordinated strikes across West Yorks against outsourcing

triangleHealth unions accept divisive NHS pay deal - but fightback could have won much more

Strike:

triangleNorthern Rail strike reaches 21 days of action to save guards

triangleIn the words of Amber Rudd, "no one died at Orgreave"

triangleHousing strike against individualised pay enters week two

triangleCivil service pay strike ballot: vote yes!

North West:

triangle100k more zero-hour contracts in just a year

triangleSalford nursery campaigners take fight to parliament

triangleNorth West Socialist Party conference

Wigan:

triangleDon't wreck our rec! Campaigning to save green space in Standish

triangleWorkplace news in brief

Socialist:

triangleEast London Socialist Party: Is the far right rising?

Outsourcing:

triangleMay elections: a chance to fight attacks on health and social care

Huddersfield:

triangleStop the Tory NHS wreckers

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

20/6/18

Derby

Rolls-Royce: fight all job cuts!

20/6/18

Grenfell Tower

Grenfell disaster: one year on, still no prosecutions, still no adequate housing..

20/6/18

Tamil Solidarity

Tamil Solidarity Day: intense, lively, thought-provoking

20/6/18

DWP

DWP surrenders to union pressure - now vote Yes to smash pay cap for everyone

20/6/18

Orgreave

Orgreave - no justice, no peace

20/6/18

Knowsley

Knowsley council pushed back on cuts and privatisation

20/6/18

Cuts

Wrenford centre: Stop heartless Tory cuts

20/6/18

Leeds

Leeds: Disability campaigners force council to retreat

20/6/18

Socialist Party

Organisers' school - an opportunity to educate and discuss

20/6/18

National Shop Stewards Network

Unite agrees NSSN affiliation - come to the NSSN conference!

20/6/18

NHS

Yorks NHS workers fight outsourcing

20/6/18

Rail

Northern Rail strike reaches 21 days of action to save guards

20/6/18

BFAWU

McStrikers and young workers take centre stage at bakers' union 2018 conference

20/6/18

GMB

GMB union: NHS reps reject Tory pay offer

20/6/18

The Socialist

How do we produce the Socialist?

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: 0784 114 4890

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


June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999