Junior Doctors on strike – report from Coventry picket line
Jane Nellist writes
Junior Doctors marched out of work at University Hospital Coventry at 8am on Tuesday to form a very well supported picket line.
Trade unionists from NUT, Unite, UNISON, PCS and Coventry TUC as well as other hospital workers gave solidarity support for the Junior Doctors campaign which, although their strike was about attacks on their pay and working conditions, they made clear that they need people to understand that what is ultimately at stake under the Tory govt is the NHS itself.
There was a clear determination to win this battle. The young doctors understand that if this government get away with imposing this contract then, as Petra who has recently returned to work following the birth of her child told me (and as seen on Local TV), she will find it difficult to work a contract that means longer hours and less pay.
It was clear from the enthusiasm of drivers beeping their horns and waving that the junior doctors have the public support. Their victory will be a victory for all of us.
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