Wigan NHS strike 23-24 May. We are urging supporters to visit the picket lines at the three hospitals in Wigan borough – Wigan, Wrightington, and Leigh. The strike is against staff being transferred to a subsidiary company which is owned by the NHS Trust but where staff won’t be on NHS terms and conditions or pensions. The NHS logo will be used to cover-up for attacking staff! Here’s Unison’s press release https://www.unison.org.uk/news/article/2018/02/health-wigan/ We’re going over on the morning of Weds 23 May, details TBC; by all means make your own way or contact me for more info.
NHS Confederation meeting GMEX 13-14 June (Weds-Thurs), protests to be held by campaigners from GM and further afield, starting with an 8-9.30am protest on the Weds. No news has been forthcoming on this protest for a few weeks so we’ve agreed to amend the time of the demo to 11.30am-1.30pm. This is on the basis of what suits GM activists, may be better for campaigners coming from outside GM, and is the approximate time at which the media turned up last year. Facebook event by GMKONP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2568065220086359/
HCT national demo Sat 30 June, 70 years of NHS, meeting midday Portland Place (BBC HQ) central London. GMKONP Coach booked for £1275, Bullocks, leaving Chorlton Street Coach Station 6.30am and getting back about 10pm. Tickets £30 solidarity, £25 cost, £10 unwaged. Book your tickets by emailing back with your name, phone number, and what price ticket you would like. Facebook event by GMKONP: https://www.facebook.com/events/164306374261592/
7 July – local events re 70 years of NHS including an event in Trafford near Trafford General. Stockport NHS Watch likely to do something local as will Bolton and others. We support all of these. Next meeting to discuss further.
In the run up to the 70th birthday of our NHS we will be out and about all over Greater Manchester – please contact us if you would like to join us or know of any 70th celebrations planned in your area.
Oldham Friday 18 May 11am-1pm
Wigan Weds 23 May late morning / midday, linking with strike at Wigan borough’s three hospitals on the same (and next) day.
Tameside Friday 25 May 12-2pm Ashton market .
Salford Sat 2 June 12-2pm Eccles town centre.
Manchester Sun 10 June All Saints Park Oxford Road .
Bury Details TBC.
Trafford Details TBC.
Rochdale Details TBC.
Bolton Details TBC.
Stockport Details TBC.