Fantastically solid NHS strike across the country as first step in battle for pay and the NHS

13 October 2014
University College Hospital

University College Hospital

Today, Monday 13 October, hundreds of thousands of NHS workers across Unison, Unite, GMB and Royal College of Midwives (RCM) struck together in a brilliant display of strength, and outrage at the Tories’ insulting pay offer and assault on the NHS.

BarnsleyAll over the country, health workers braved foul weather with big turnouts on rainy picket lines. See pics from just some of the brilliant pickets below.

In many areas other trade unionists, students, patients, NHS and anti-cuts campaigners turned out on “breakfast for the NHS” solidarity visits.

Around 200 were out at University College Hospital in central London, with particularly large contingents from domestics and midwives.

They marched around the hospital twice throughout the four hour strike chanting “1 percent? We think not, give us what the MPs got!” and “1 percent? We say NO, David Cameron’s got to go!”. Several strikers remarked on the need for unions to keep up the fight until they have won, and the importance of organising the action short of strike–which consists of health workers not taking their breaks–collectively for maximum impact, and the need for today to be followed up by more strikes. Solidarity collections came in, including from a postal worker from Kentish Town delivery office.

Prestwich hospital, Manchester

Prestwich hospital, Manchester

Come along to the Unite the Resistance ‘Organising to Win’ national conference on 15 November, 12 -5pm in central London, Bloomsbury Baptist Church, Shaftesbury Avenue, to discuss the next steps after the strikes.

The event includes a workshop ‘After the strikes: where next for the fight to save the NHS?’

Speakers at the workshop include:

NHS striker activists speaking from different unions, strikers from the Care UK dispute where workers have struck now for 84 days, and Karen Howell from Support Stafford Hospital campaign that has seen an occupation outside Stafford hospital against threatened closures, following a 40,000 strong march against the attacks.

Kingston Hospital

Kingston Hospital

Homerton Hospital, Hackney

Homerton Hospital, Hackney

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