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Can we save our NHS?

The NHS is in a deep crisis, marked by obscene waiting times, overcrowded facilities and rural communities deprived of emergency services. Both the Tories and Labour talk of "radical reform" to the healthcare system; a dogwhistle for further privatisation if there ever was one, threatening to destroy one of the greatest victories achieved by the working class in the UK. What has led to this point, and how can we mount a fightback to save our beloved healthcare system?
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Bosses face wave of workers action across Northern Ireland: Trade unions must coordinate action

In this “post-lockdown” economy most of the developed world is facing the worst labour shortages since the late 1990s. Workers are facing rapidly rising inflation and huge increases in the cost of living beginning to bite into workers’ pay; along with a continuation of over eighteen months of exhausting pandemic working conditions, some outright dangerous. In the face of these crises, workers are increasingly moving to challenge their bosses and are becoming galvanised, at least at a workplace level, to demand increased wages and better working conditions.
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Lessons of the Hovis strike: when we fight, we can win!

In May, Hovis workers in Belfast won an 8% pay increase over two years through a determined, all-out strike that lasted for 11 days. The actions of this workforce are an inspiration to others in the sector and beyond, as employers across the private and public sectors are trying to use the economic crisis sparked by Covid to attack wages, terms and conditions, or as an excuse for miserly pay-offers.