Support the junior doctors! New strikes announced

Support the junior doctors! New strikes announced

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Picket line at Walsgrave

The union representing junior doctors has just announced a new plan of industrial action. The British Medical Association (BMA) will go on strike against the imposition of the new contract initially for 5 days, beginning on Monday 12th September to Friday 16th September between 8am and 5pm.

The Socialist Party and the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition fully supports the junior doctors in their campaign to defend their terms and conditions and the NHS itself.

It is now a critical task that they receive the maximum support of the entire trade union movement. The TUC will hold it’s annual conference in Brighton and it needs to be turned in to a council of war with the aim of building co-ordinated industrial action linking up the many different disputes in the public and private sector to defeat the capitalist austerity agenda of the Tories.

The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) will be holding a public rally at TUC conference where the speakers will include Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, Ronnie Draper of the BFAWU and many more and will be discussing how we build support for the junior doctors and the opposition to the Tories.

LIVE: Junior doctors strike in Coventry

LIVE: Junior doctors strike in Coventry

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Support the doctors – save our NHS!

Junior doctors have taken all-out strike action today as part of their campaign against the planned imposition of new contracts by hated Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Throughout the strike doctors have had fantastic support from the public, including patients, and today is no different!

Despite the fear campaign by right-wing newspapers, the strike is still strong and the doctors are determined to win. The co-operation between the BMA and the teachers union, the NUT, leading to a joint demonstration is hugely important and should develop into a campaign of joint industrial action, to build for a 24-hour general strike!

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What’s on in Coventry – Dates for your diary

What’s on in Coventry – Dates for your diary

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The coming weeks will see a number of protests, rallies and meetings taking place in Coventry. We have compiled a diary below of some of the events we are aware of. If you would like to help us put forward Socialist ideas at these events, for e.g distributing leaflets, our newspaper The Socialist etc. Please get in touch!


Tuesday 26th and Weds 27th April – Junior Doctors are on strike! Please support the picket lines at Walsgrave from 8am

Thursday 28th April – International Workers’ Memorial Day. Commemoration organised by Coventry TUC 12-1pm, in the garden behind Drapers next to Council House. Includes speakers from UCATT, Coventry TUC and other trade union organisations

Saturday 30th April – May Day event organised by Coventry TUC. Shout out against austerity. 12 noon, Broadgate Square. Speakers include Matt Wrack, leader of the FBU

Thursday 5th May – Local elections. Vote TUSC!

Saturday 7th May – Coventry Friend of Palestine are organising a Flashmob as part of international solidarity events to coincide with the anniversary of the Nakba (creation of the state of Israel). For more information and other events, visit their FB page

Thursday 12th May – 7.30pm Methodist Hall, City Centre. Coventry Socialist Party post election public meeting. Panama Papers, Tories split over the EU, rise of Socialism in the US. How can we build the fight for the 99 per cent. FB event here

Saturday 21st May – #wearecov protest against the English Defence League. The EDL are coming to Coventry. There will be a counter protest. Provisional time and location – 11am Broadgate Square.

Thursday 2nd June – No to the bosses’ EU – yes to a Socialist Europe. Public rally on the EU referendum organised by the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition. More details to follow