today in england and northern ireland, 450,000 nhs workers went on strike. it will be followed by four days of work to rule from tomorrow. they are demanding a 1% pay rise, which will, in practice, still be a pay cut, but a smaller pay cut than they would receive otherwise, and for their members to be paid the living wage. it was the first time midwives have ever gone on strike in the united kingdom.
the pictures show past strikes and industrial action by nhs workers— the top shows nurses on strike in 1982. the middle is a photo of miners standing with a nurse, repaying nurses for their solidarity during the 1984-5 miner’s strike. the bottom is a picture of an nhs worker today.
if you want the nhs to continue to exist, support this strike. if you care at all about the industrial rights of workers, support this strike. if you don’t want women to die giving birth, support this strike. if you want the children of nhs workers to have enough food to eat, support this strike. if you care at all, at all, about the future of this country, support this strike.
They are trying to run the NHS into the ground so it’s easier to sell off. They are running your health into the ground and cutting jobs. Support NHS workers.