United Kingdom -Unions discuss NHS-wide strike over pensions -August 24, 2011

Unions representing staff at every level of the National Health Service (NHS) are meeting on 25 August in London to plan the first NHS-wide strike, in anticipation that current negotiations with the government over public sector pensions will fail by the autumn. Doctors, nurses, midwives, hospital administrators and cleaners will discuss plans to shut down swaths of the NHS in industrial action which could take place by Christmas if negotiations fail. Union leaders are keen to start early contingency planning to ensure that any strikes do not compromise patient safety. UNISON, whose 1.4 million members include 460,000 NHS workers, is hosting the meeting.

English: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/aug/24/unions-plan-nhs-strike-pensions


This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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