Thursday 11th October – 7.30pm – Reform Inn, Pilton, Barnstaple
Save our NHS campaign organising meeting.
Tuesday 16th October – 7 am to 10am – Lobby against postcode pay – Main entrance, North Devon District Hospital, Barnstaple.
Organised by UNISON Northern Devon Healthcare Branch. This is in opposition to the plans by a cartel of over 20 health trusts in the south west to introduce not only regional pay (meaning lower wages of course) but a whole other package of attacks on terms and conditions of NHS staff. This will affect not just staff, but patients also, as the NHS in the south west will find it more difficult to hire good staff. This is part of a general trend towards localising pay and breaking up national collective bargaining. Its consequence will be that the best staff will generally migrate to well-off areas that will pay higher amounts, and low wage areas like North Devon will suffer.
And… 20th October – London – National march against austerity. Contact N Devon Anti-Cuts Alliance for a FREE seat on a coach to London.