QEH strike suspended for now [was: Mobilise solidarity for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital strike!]

** PLEASE NOTE THAT THE WORKERS HAVE RECEIVED AN IMPROVED OFFER AND ARE CONSULTING. THE STRIKES ARE SUSPENDED FOR NOW.**

qehBetween 9 and 13 March, outsourced workers employed by ISS at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, South London, will strike for the fourth time in their campaign against a two-tier workforce and for equality with directly employed NHS staff.

This is an incredibly important dispute, for workers’ rights but also for the future of the NHS. Strong, confident workers’ organisation, fighting to level up terms and conditions, is essential to stopping the private vultures pulling apart the health service.

The QEH workers – cleaners, caterers, switchboard workers, seamstresses, porters and others – struck previously on 25 and 26 December, 24 and 25 November and 8 October.

They are calling for solidarity. For what you can do, see below.

For more information on the dispute, see the GMB website.

For an interview with one of the workers’ reps published in the socialist newspaper Solidarity, see here.

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GMB members working for ISS at Queen Elizabeth hospital are preparing for a 5 day strike from the 9-13th March.

We need some solidarity from our sisters and brothers in the movement by way of publicity and practical support.

I am making a request that you share this information as widely as possible. We need:

Donations – to be made through pay pal by following this link: www.gmb-southern.org.uk/work-and-campaigns/campaigns/iss-queen-elizabeth-hospital-woolwich

Messages of support can be sent to: pathutton@live.co.uk and nadine.houghton@gmb.org.uk

Picket lines – will be outside the hospital which is on Stadium Road, Woolwich Monday to Friday 6am-6pm

Demo – Tuesday 10 March, from General Gordon Square, outside Woolwich Arsenal station in Woolwich, assembling 10am to march to the hospital.

In Solidarity,

Nadine Houghton
GMB Organiser Southern Region

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