Report: Defend Our NHS Public Meeting

11th October 2007

Swansea Trades Council & Swansea UNISON Health Branch held a successful public meeting last Wednesday to protest over the local Trusts decision to close 86 beds and get rid of 750 health workers, with almost half of those being nursing staff.

An earlier NHS campaign initiated by the Trades Council last year resulted in a moratorium being agreed on the proposed closure of Fairwood hospital, Ward 1 at Hill House and the transfer of the City's neurosurgery to Cardiff.

As Rob Williams, speaking for the Trades Council pointed out to the packed meeting, 'it shows that campaigning and fighting back can get results'! However, even temporary victories have to be won again and again when you have a Big Business friendly government at Westminster and Cardiff Bay who put balancing the Trusts' books before patient care.

The Trades Council called the meeting because the Trust said the changes were not significant enough to warrant public consultation! Try telling that to the hundreds of stressed out, angry healthworkers who have signed the Socialist Party petitions over the past few months in Swansea city centre.

Swansea trade unionists have made it clear they will support any action UNISON members take in defence of jobs and services and will urge affiliates to join the UNISON health national demo on November 3rd.

Bernard Roome, CWU National Executive Commiittee member gave an update on the latest situation with the postal strike and urged all trade unionists to give solidarity and support to the determined action of the striking postal workers.

Alec Thraves
Swansea Trade Union Council & Socialist Party
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