Whipps Cross Hospital: PFI is not our debt, scrap it now!

from Waltham Forest Trades Council

Demonstration – 12-2pm on Wednesday June 3rd – at the gate of Whipps Cross Hospital

It’s no accident that years of privatisation in all its guises, under governments of all colours, has undermined our NHS. Private profiteering companies suck the lifeblood out of the public purse for their own gain.

Nurses suffer pay down-banding. Some porters eke out a living on zero-hour contracts. Domestics struggle on different agency rates for the same job. At the same time overpaid high-handed managers make unrealistic, even bullying, demands.

Yet, despite such difficulties the staff at Whipps Cross do a marvellous job. Their loyalty and commitment is recognized by thousands of grateful patients, and even by the CQC – at least in words.

But Whipps Cross, all its staff and everyone in our borough face a real Emergency.

The response to the critical report of the CQC and the draining of finances due to exorbitant demands of PFI contractors at the London Hospital could pose a threat to the very existence of Whipps Cross. There are rumours of a state-of-the art hub, or something – but not a General Hospital. We cannot let this happen.


Rabina Khan for Mayor of Tower Hamlets

This statement has been agreed by Left Unity’s executive committee.

Left Unity supports Rabina Khan in the 11 June re-run of the Tower Hamlets mayoral election.

She is standing to defend democracy in Tower Hamlets at a time when the council is being taken over by Tory government agencies, whipping up Islamophobic scare stories to justify sending in Eric Pickles and his unelected commissioners. The continuing case against Lutfur Rahman, who has vowed to clear his name, is being used as an excuse to dismantle the whole democratically elected council.

Rabina has a strong left-wing record. As cabinet member for housing in Tower Hamlets she has overseen the building of thousands of new social and affordable homes, and the investment of millions of pounds in refurbishing council housing. If successful she would become the first elected female Muslim mayor in Britain.

We call on the left to unite in support of the campaign to defend democracy in Tower Hamlets and in support of Rabina Khan’s candidacy.

There is more about the campaign at Rabina Khan’s website.


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Surround Yarl’s Wood detention centre

From Movement For Justice

Surround Yarl’s Wood on 6th June
Set to be the biggest demonstration ever outside Yarl’s Wood


Join us in our fight to END detention, END Fast Track and
STOP the scapegoating of immigrants

MFA London Coaches meet 9.30am, Euston Station (Eversholt st), email mfj@ueaa.net for a seat (see facebook event for other coaches)

Facebook event

National Gallery staff strike to stop privatisation of the Arts

From South East Region TUC

PCS (Public and Commercial Services Union members at the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square have already taken 24 days of strike action in support of their campaign to halt the privatisation of visitor services. They have announced a further ten days of strike action between 26 May to 4 June. As part of their campaign, they have organised a rally in Trafalgar Square on 30 May from 1.00pm onwards – to which all supporters are welcome. In addition, PCS rep, Candy Udwin, has been sacked by management on what the union considers to be “trumped up charges” – and we are supporting the campaign for Candy’s reinstatement. Full details can be found on the PCS website – here:

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Public Meeting – Whipps Cross in Crisis: Protect our Hospital


From Waltham Forest – Save our NHS:

We held a very successful public meeting, our first in Leytonstone, on Tuesday 28 April. There were over 100 attendees, a mixture of residents and health workers, with many signing up to find out more about our campaign.
A collection for the campaign raised £263 plus a donation from Unite the union members in Barts Health.

Teachers at Monoux College to strike over union victimisation

Members of the National Union of Teachers at Sir George Monoux College in Walthamstow are planning a two day strike this week over the sacking of two union officials. The strike will include Wednesday 6 May and election-day Thursday 7th.

The union claims that the two long-serving and highly respected sacked teachers – Flor Thompson and Diane George – were victimised because of their role as union representatives. The strike follows a one-day strike over the same issue in March.

Union members will picket the school both days. On Thursday part of the college will be used as a polling station, but NUT members will not be picketing the entrance to that area.

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