UNISON hits ground running in Rotherham crisis

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Published on Friday, 02 November 2012 10:45
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

UNISON's rapid response to the crisis at Rotherham Hospital, where management has announced plans to axe 750 jobs, has seen recruitment rise in the last few days.

The union was quickly on site, campaigning both against the job cuts and against privatisation.

And a branch meeting today will be for all members of staff, and will be about how 'we're stronger together'.

It will look to stress that staff need to join the union and use their links with patients and their families and friends to build an alliance of workers, community organisations and politicians to challenge the cuts and the privatisation that is threatened.

UNISON is looking at a sustained campaign and members will need to take on tasks that help to engage as wide a range of support as possible.

The new contacts who have been recruited this week will play a key role in that campaign.

Assistant general secretary with responsibility for organising, Roger McKenzie, said: "It's already been a very successful few days, with new members recruited and many new contacts established.

"We have worked with the branch and regional staff to develop the outline of a campaign for the next month, designed to engage members and the public in a wide campaign against the cuts and privatisation."

Source: ©Unison

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