12th May strike action against cuts to the NHS

Posted on 12. May, 2012 by in Featured, Politics & Campaigns

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Several unions called a day of strike action on Thursday the 10 May 2012 – this follows the largest day of strike action seen in the UK in decades which took place on November 30th.

Trevor Hall, regional officer, for the union, Unite, speaks in this short clip against cuts to the NHS, outside Gloucester (royal) Hospital on the day of a national strike called by the union, due to a pensions freeze. See also another comment at demo here.

Hundreds of thousands of civil servants – and workers in health and education – to action to challenge attacks on pensions. Campaigners write: “Across the private and public sector people are being forced to work longer, and pay more, for smaller pensions.” In Gloucestershire, people met at Pullman Court (opposite Gloucester Royal Hospital) at 12.15pm. Stroud campaigners were amongst them and also demonstrated at the Jobcentre (Public and Commercial Services Union workers) and Stroud College (UCU workers).

See more clips from Matt at: http://www.youtube.com/user/madasamattarch/videos

The unions that took part in the day of strike action were:

Unite the Union (Unite) is the country’s biggest union. 100,000 members in the health service, and 25,000 in the Ministry of Defence and other government departments. Unite’s health members voted by a margin of more than 94% to reject the pensions’ package. Their concerns regarding the NHS schemes centre on three areas:
• The linking of the NHS pension age to the rising state pension age – which is set to rise to 68 and beyond.
• Most Unite NHS members will see their pension contributions increased from 6.5 per cent to 9.3 per cent over the next three years
• The proposed new scheme will deliver considerably less pension when members retire, or a pension paid only for a much shorter retirement, and pensions during retirement will be further reduced due to lower consumer price index (CPI) indexation.

Public and Commerical Services Union (PCS)
is the UK’s largest civil service trade union, which also organises widely in the private sector, usually in areas that have been privatised. Up to 250,000 civil servants and workers in government agencies joined the strike.

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