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From The Socialist newspaper, 13 July 2006
THE LOBBY of the health unions at the TUC organised by UNISON health
branches has caused the union leadership to get active. Not in support
of the idea of a national demo against the cuts in the NHS, but in
threatening to discipline union members who dared to organise the lobby
in the first place!
Letters have been sent to UNISON branch officers in London and
Wakefield, saying that "the use of any resources financial or otherwise
(in connection with the lobby) is in contravention of UNISON rules."
This from a leadership who said at a recent health executive meeting
that organising a national demo would "take up too much of the staff's
time." This hasn't stopped them using the same staff's time to leap into
action against those activists who do want to do something.
Witch-hunts against activists won't stop the cuts. Instead it will
encourage the bosses to continue their policies of cuts and
privatisation. As you can see from the photo the lobby happened anyway.
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In The Socialist 13 July 2006:
Socialist Party NHS campaign
NHS: Uniting to fight the cuts
Hewitt hides from health protesters
Save our hospital
Youth and Education
Low Pay,No Way!
Parents win High Court victory
Socialist Party campaigns
Welfare Reform Bill scapegoats disabled people!
Fighting the far-right BNP
Wales launches Campaign for New Workers' Party
International socialist news and analysis
Israeli regime’s air invasion of Lebanon threatens regional war
Another stolen presidency in Mexico?
Netherlands: Coalition government falls apart
Socialist Party workplace news and analysis
RMT conference: Striking back against privatisation
"Join the union to change the union"
Socialist Party feature
How the farmworkers got organised
National Blood Service: Fighting job cuts
Socialist Party review
'Storming heaven': Battle for Spain - The Spanish Civil War
Socialist Party National committee report
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