Second walkout to hit NHS

Hundreds of NHS workers will stage a second one-day strike next week,to coincide with the Labour Party conference, in a protest over the privatisation of services, union officials said today.

Workers at NHS Logistics, who deliver the likes of bedpans, gloves and food to hospitals and GPs’ surgeries across England, voted in favour of
industrial action last week, in protest at the transfer of their jobs to German-owned delivery giant DHL.

They are already set to strike for 24 hours on Thursday, the most significant industrial action in the NHS for nearly 20 years.

Today, the trade union Unison announced that a second strike would take place on September 26, when the Labour conference is scheduled to debate the health service.

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