Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1162/33577

From The Socialist newspaper, 12 January 2022

North London NHS - "It's going to be us who saves it"

photo Paul Mattsson

photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

John Dolan, North London Socialist Party

The newly formed branch of Unite the Union for Migrant, Food, Retail and Services workers, and Day-Mer, a Turkish and Kurdish community organisation in north London, held a rally outside North Middlesex Hospital on 8 January, with the demand: 'Fund the NHS and keep it public'. Over 40 people attended.

Unite national officer Onay Kasab introduced speakers. He said: "We have to see change. Something different has to happen.

"We can't just have demonstration after demonstration, and march after march. We have to do something different to save our NHS. And it's going to be us who do it.

"It's not going to be the Labour Party. It's not going to be Lord or Sir Tony Blair, whatever he is. Because they were responsible for bringing in the market that started the privatisation of the NHS.

"So its not gonna be them. Its gonna be us. And it means change.

"It means the unions acting differently as well. And that's why Unite will be bringing together every Unite representative across the UK who works in the NHS to start planning for a national campaign to defend our NHS."

Other speakers included Socialist Party member Bea Gardner from the University and College Union (UCU), Socialist Party member Paul Kershaw from Unite housing workers branch, the British Medical Association (BMA), Haringey Trades Union Council, and a representative from both of the rally organisers.

Speakers pointed out that Keir Starmer's Labour Party supports more private contractors in the NHS, and that independent action by workers is needed both industrially and politically - so that future rallies will be victory rallies.

Some of the attendees were also interested in coming to the 'People's Budget for Enfield' meeting organised by the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) on 26 January.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • We must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 12 January 2022:


News

Super-rich get richer, while we can't make ends meet. Join the fightback!

Blow to establishment as jury backs Colston Four

Covid, stress and cutbacks fuel school staff shortages

Tories concede under cladding pressure but don't go far enough

Low pay, stress and Covid drive: NHS staff crisis

Shameless Johnson partied through lockdown

Energy price crisis: nationalise energy giants to save us from £600 hit

Energy bosses: 'Jump, cuddle and eat porridge while we raise prices'


Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan: Working-class revolt only suppressed by massive mobilisation of troops

Solidarity with workers protesting in Kazakhstan


Campaigns news

Protests against BBC transphobia

Leeds People's Budget: We beat council cuts before, we will again

Communities fight back against Rio Tinto mine

North London NHS - "It's going to be us who saves it"

Southampton student vote for online exams must be accepted


Workplace news

Coventry bin workers' pay strike

10,000 tube workers vote to strike over jobs, terms and pension cuts

East Mids rail conductors force concessions, train managers' dispute continues

Carmarthenshire gritters take action as Plaid-led council reneges on agreement

Jobcentre Coronavirus outbreak leads to reps meeting call

South Yorkshire bus strikes spreading and getting stronger

Weetabix workers defeat 'fire and rehire' and ballot on improved pay offer

Invergordon Royal Mail mutiny wins


Reviews

Don't Look Up: An entertaining satire on corporate power and the US establishment

Anne: Hillsborough and the fight for justice

Money Heist: A Robin Hood tale set in modern-day capitalism


Readers' opinion

War criminal Tony Blair knighted

Bullying weighing room culture at the races

Free prescriptions? Maybe when you're older


Obituaries

Obituary - Pauline Wall

Obituary - Ethan Bradley 1993-2021


 

Home   |   The Socialist 12 January 2022   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

North London:

triangleNorth London Socialist Party: How can a party for the working class be built?

triangleNorth London Socialist Party: Stop the Gaza slaughter - How can the conflict be ended?

triangleNorth London Socialist Party: After the elections - the fight for socialism

triangleWest London Socialist Party: The role that marxists have played during the pandemic

triangleNorth London TUSC: Planning for the May 2021 elections

US:

triangleDon't Look Up: An entertaining satire on corporate power and the US establishment

triangleEnergy price crisis: nationalise energy giants to save us from 600 hit

triangleAssange faces extradition

triangleThe legacy of the collapse of Stalinism

NHS:

triangleLow pay, stress and Covid drive: NHS staff crisis

triangleNHS Covid staff crisis

triangleCoventry: Private profits from hospital parking

London:

triangleWest London Socialist Party: Was Stalinism Inevitable?

triangleSolidarity with workers protesting in Kazakhstan

Unite:

triangleTesco strike action latest

Socialist:

triangleObituary - Ethan Bradley 1993-2021

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

12/1/22

Obituary

Obituary - Pauline Wall

12/1/22

London

10,000 tube workers vote to strike over jobs, terms and pension cuts

12/1/22

Leeds

People's Budget: We beat council cuts before, we will again

12/1/22

Obituary

Obituary - Pauline Wall

12/1/22

Obituary

Obituary - Ethan Bradley 1993-2021

12/1/22

BBC

Protests against BBC transphobia

12/1/22

Land

Communities fight back against Rio Tinto mine

12/1/22

Kazakhstan

Solidarity with workers protesting in Kazakhstan

12/1/22

North London

North London NHS - "It's going to be us who saves it"

12/1/22

Southampton

Southampton student vote for online exams must be accepted

12/1/22

Carmarthenshire

Carmarthenshire gritters take action as Plaid-led council reneges on agreement

12/1/22

Jobcentre

Jobcentre Coronavirus outbreak leads to reps meeting call

12/1/22

South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire bus strikes spreading and getting stronger

12/1/22

Conductors

East Mids rail conductors force concessions, train managers' dispute continues

12/1/22

Fire

Weetabix workers defeat 'fire and rehire' and ballot on improved pay offer

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: [email protected]

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

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 077 7221 5281

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 078 0983 9793

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


January 2022

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999