Mass action can win real pay-rises! After three years of political impasse, the Northern Ireland Executive has been restored. The misnamed “New Decade, New Approach” agreement promises a return to the approach of kicking the can down the road on many “contentious issues” while politicians unite around a common agenda […]
The overwhelming endorsement of strike action by members of both the RCN and Unison is a clear indication that health workers are fed up with years of falling pay and inadequate staffing levels. They are likely to be joined by health workers in NIPSA and Unite, whose ballot is ongoing, […]
Members of the University & College Union (UCU) are to strike for up to eight consecutive days at sixty universities across the UK, beginning on Monday 25th November, including at Queen’s University and the University of Ulster. Although obviously linked, formally there are two separate disputes – one over pensions, […]
Almost 12 months have passed since health unions in Northern Ireland began negotiations on pay, terms and conditions. These discussions began as a result of the acceptance of the Agenda for Change Refresh Agreement by health unions in England and Wales in 2018.
We must oppose these cuts which could put lives at risk and demand the necessary funding – a relative pittance – is put in place urgently. We know money can be found when it suits the political establishment, for junkets and handout to big business. It is a question of political priorities. A campaign of community protests and trade union action can win.
Since January 2018, there has been a protracted industrial dispute in the South between the Health Service Executive (HSE) and front-line ambulance service workers represented by the National Ambulance Service Representative Association (NASRA) over recognition and the workers’ right to choose which union represents them.
This is a crucial battle which deserves the support of all working-class people. A victory for the civil servants would act to boost the confidence of workers across both the public and private sectors and show that it is possible to fight back against poverty pay and austerity.
Thanks for talking to The Socialist, Tony. On the 31 May we saw the seventh day of strike action of ambulance workers organised by NASRA. What is the dispute about and what is its significance? The dispute is essentially about workers’ right to choose the union that represents them rather than the […]