At 9am there are about 35 people at the picket line, about half doctors, alongside the Unison and Waltham Forest Save Our NHS banners.
Huge support from passing motorists. Other doctors have split off to meet the public at Leytonstone and Walthamstow tube stations. A rally will be held at the main entrance on Whipps Cross Road at 5.30pm.
Whipps Cross is part of Barts Health, one of the most heavily indebted NHS Trusts. 10% of the Trust’s budget is being spent on servicing a £1.1bn PFI scheme.
The next strike is planned for 10 February.
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.
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.
Tuesday 28th April, 7.30pm
Ex-Servicemen’s club, 2 Harvey Road, Leytonstone E11 3DB. (Next to the Red Lion pub).
- Dr Jackie Turner, GP
- Aiden Taylor, Nurse in Unison union
- Mary Burnett, Waltham Forest Save Our NHS
- Charlotte Monro, Unison union activist and health campaigner
All speakers in a personal capacity
More details here
Charlotte Monro, the UNISON union rep at Whipps Cross Hospital who took her employer Barts Health to an Employment Tribunal after being sacked on spurious grounds, has been reinstated.
This is a great victory for Charlotte, for the rights of trade unionists in the NHS, and against victimisation and bullying.
Barts’ statement is here. A statement from Charlotte and her supporters can be read at change.org.
Congratulations to Charlotte and everyone that campaigned for her!
***UPDATE 23/1/2015 ***: Charlotte’s tribunal has been adjourned http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/11745705.Union_rep_tribunal_adjourned/
More details here: https://www.change.org/p/peter-morris-reinstate-charlotte-monro-end-the-bullying-climate-in-the-nhs
***UPDATE***: Charlotte’s employment tribunal was last week postponed until January.
Charlotte Monro, an occupational therapist and UNISON representative at Whips Cross hospital in East London was sacked at the end of last year. The original charges related to her speech to Waltham Forest Council about cuts in the stroke service at Whips Cross and “breaching confidentiality” by informing her members about proposed job cuts and a worsening of their work conditions. Continue reading
This week’s Waltham Forest LU meeting is on the subject of TTIP, the reasons why we should and how we can oppose it.
Around 35 health workers and supporters braved the weather from 7am at the picket line on Whipps Cross Road.
Unison, Unite and the GMB unions were represented. Many members of the public showed their support by sounding their horns as they drove past.
A longer report can be found here
Paramedics at the picket line
Monday 13 October from 7 am
Whipps Cross Hospital main entrance (by Whipps Cross roundabout)
NHS workers have been through 5 years of pay freezes and pay caps. This has had a massive impact on their living standards, Inflation has already wiped out 12 per cent of the average NHS worker’s pay since 2011. Workers in the bottom two pay bands are paid less than the Living Wage and 70% per cent of NHS staff are not due a pay rise for another two years
On Monday 13 October Nurses, Midwives and other vital health workers will be striking for fair pay across England from 7am to 11am with emergency cover. This will be followed by four days of action short of strike action from 14-17 October for the rest of that week, where health workers will take their break, something many of us never get to do.
Let’s show our support for health workers and our NHS which is threatened by cuts and privatisation.
Join us on the picket line for a while, bring food and messages of support.
Called by Waltham Forest Save Our NHS