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Monday, 28 January 2013

Solidarity with NHS workers in mid Yorks on a 5 day strike this week

While the NHS is ripped apart little in the way of industrial fight back is forthcoming from the unions which represent workers in the NHS. There is one exception though this week in mid Yorkshire Unison members will be on strike for a full 5 days this week. They will need your support and hopefully this can give confidence to other Unison workers and branch’s to take action if their leadership will not. Below I republish the press release that the local branch put out a few weeks back now. Thank you for your support for our strike against ‘downbandings’ . We have received £1000′s in solidarity donations and 100′s of messages of support from TU branches and individuals across the country. So far our members have taken strike action on 1st November and 20th – 22nd November. Over 500 staff has taken strike action. The Trust is still intending to press ahead with dismissing and re engaging our members on lower pay bands. During our negotiation meetings they refuse to discuss alternatives to the downbandings and insist on discussing only the length of protection paid. Following downbanding. Their latest offer of 18-24 months protection was unanimously rejected at meetings of the members last week. The Trust refused to discuss the new Admin ‘model’ at a meeting last Wednesday. Yesterday both UNISON and Unite gave the Trust notice of a 5 day strike starting next Monday – 28th January. Our members are determined to resist the cuts in their pay and the attacks on the Agenda for Change agreement. We know we can rely on the support of people like you, Trade Unionists and the General Public. Please send messages of support to this email address. midyorksunison@aol.co.uk financial donations to our hardship fund can be sent to UNISON mid Yorkshire Health 20671 c/c Trade Union Office Pinderfields Hospital Aberford Road Wakefield WF1 4DG Yours in Solidarity Adrian O’Malley

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