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From The Socialist newspaper, 17 January 2008
Derby nurses fight management attacks
More than 100 Unison members and their families packed a meeting to protest at threatened pay cuts to Derby nurses. The threats affect all Derby's hospitals but surgical staff are most severely hit.
Graham Lewis, Long Eaton trades council
Nurses were sent application forms to reapply for their own jobs on 7 January, returnable by the following Friday!
Non-reply would automatically reduce them by one pay band and the notice warned them of demotion by a second band if they didn't 'win' the application for their own post.
Workers at the meeting were angry that experience and qualifications taking years of study are not 'valued', as management used to claim. The management letter made it clear that people whose skills 'were not used' would not remain in post.
Many at the meeting were shocked to find newly qualified nurses would only start on band 4 instead of 5 - but still be responsible for patients. Coupled with 'unused skills' not counting towards pay bands this is a shocking disincentive to study and improve the quality of nursing.
One nurse commented: "I might as well work at Tesco". There was disbelief that management had not informed the union and anger that a 90-day consultation had been cut to 30 days and procedure disregarded for surgical staff.
Gary Freeman, a Unison branch member and a Socialist Party member got applause for calling for an injunction to stop 'threatening letters' from going ahead and industrial action if management did not halt their plans.
The vote to include this in the branch strategy was unanimous.
Firefighters and Rolls Royce engineers were in the audience so an opportunity exists to build a united campaign.
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In The Socialist 17 January 2008:
Fight for a living wage
Burslem: Support victimised postal workers
Editorial: Fight three year low pay tie-ins
Environment and socialism
Stop nuclear power plans NOW!
Is the burning of fossil fuels causing climate change?
Hain's sorry saga of sleaze
Blair's rewards from big business
Fire cuts threat to our public safety
Cardiff schools campaign grows
Nationalise Northern Rock - permanently
Growing crisis in housing
Socialist Party news
Save our post offices
Salford says: "Don't close our women's centre"
'Them and Us': news shorts
Feature: Building the shop stewards' movement
Socialist Party campaigning
Ideas for campaigning and fundraising
International socialist news and analysis
Sri Lanka: New year starts with atrocities
Biggest miners' underground occupation in Polish history
Socialist Party review
Review: More Time for Politics, Diaries 2001-2007, by Tony Benn
Socialist Party workplace news
Reinstate Karen Reissman - defend mental health services!
Derby nurses fight management attacks
Liverpool: City of Cuts
Vote Jim Cessford
The Socialist 17 January 2008 |
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