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Strike support materials
Please feel free to download our ‘I Stand with NHS Staff materials’ here. There’ll be posters, stickers, badges and much more to come so do check back soon for new material as it becomes available.
For the speediest turn around possible, if you want less than 1000 leaflets, we recommend downloading the print quality pdf below and arranging printing yourself with your local printer.
However, for larger order of 1000+ please visit our shop.
“I stand with NHS staff’ leaflets
KONP and SOSNHS Solidarity actions
Thousands of nursing and ambulance staff are taking part in strikes in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
KONP groups and health campaigners stand with nurses and ambulance workers all over the country on picket lines and outside hospitals.
Strike locations and dates next week
National Education Union demonstration Wednesday 1 February
Assemble BBC Portland place, 11am. KONP campaigners will be there.
GMB and Unite Ambulance staff Monday 6 February
RCN Monday 6 February
RCN Tuesday 7 February
Physiotherapists (CSP) 9 February
Unison Strikes Friday 10 February
Unison have announced that strikes will involve action across five ambulance services in England – London, Yorkshire, South West, North East and North West.
See our December strike gallery
January strike gallery … work in progress
A second fantastic march from University College Hospital to Downing Street organised by NHS workers say NO, NHS Staff Voices and Keep Our NHS Public.
Full list of strikes and other date
➤ Saturday 28 January KONP national Day of action solidarity with NHS strikes
➤ Wednesday 1 February NEU demo London; national TUC Day of action; PCS
➤ Monday 6 February – RCN; Unite (in North West, North East, West Midlands, East Midlands and Wales), plus GMB ambulance workers and nurses
➤ Tuesday 7 February RCN
➤ Thursday 9 February Physiotherapists (CSP)
➤ Friday 10 February Unison – ambulance staff
➤ Saturday 11 February KONP AGM
➤ Thursday 16 February – Unite (in Northern Ireland) plus GMB workers
➤ Friday 17 February – Unite (in West Midlands and Northern Ireland)
➤ Monday 20 February – Unite (in East Midlands, North East and Wales) plus GMB workers
➤ Wednesday 22 February – Unite (in North West)
➤ Thursday 23 February – Unite (in Northern Ireland)
➤ Friday 24 February – Unite (in Northern Ireland)
➤ Saturday 25 February We Own It Parliament Square
➤ Monday 6 March – Unite (in North West, North East, West Midlands, East Midlands and Wales) plus GMB workers
➤ Saturday 11 March Proposed demo SOS NHS
➤ Wednesday 15 March NEU lobby Westminster action; Budget statement
➤ Saturday 18 March Stand up To Racism demo
➤ Monday 20 March – Unite (in North West, North East,West Midlands, East Midlands and Wales) plus GMB workers
What we think
◼︎Nurses need better pay. Many can’t actually survive without it. Nurses are resorting to foodbanks and are being forced to decide whether to eat or heat. Health Care Assistants and Band 5 nurses form the bulk of the workforce and they are the worst paid.
◼︎ We need to train more nurses and retain more nurses
Inexperienced nurses rely on experienced colleagues – the very ones who are leaving or taking (often early) retirement. Working conditions are so bad that the workforce is haemorrhaging staff and nurses can receive their NHS pensions at 60 and a few at 55
◼︎ Still no plan for the NHS workforce
The Government had a chance to do something about pay. They could have agreed to a legally binding and funded workforce strategy when passing the Health and Care Act earlier this year. They refused this opportunity but it’s the only long-term solution. However one quick action to help retain nurses and immediately alleviate this nursing crisis is to increase pay. And the only way to do this appears to be to strike because the government is not listening to anything else.
◼︎ Safe care for patients
Nurses have a duty to keep patients safe and they want and try to, but are unable because of lack of funding and poor staffing levels. Daily we hear stories in the media of patients dying because of lack of beds, scanners, ambulances… and staff.
Read more Why nurses need to strike by RCN member Gay Lee