British nurses to protest pension cuts

  1. More than three million embattled British nurses and other public employees will be on strike November 30 to protest attacks by the British government on pensions and retirement security.
    Like their U.S. counterparts, British officials want to slash public worker pensions to cut public deficits - even though, like Social Security in the U.S., British pension funds are financially sound.
    As the 19 unions, representing nurses, other healthcare workers, teachers, and other public employees say, the government position is "pay more, work more, get less." cuts
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  3. by   kcmylorn
    It will be very interesting to see how the British PTB handle the 1 day nurses strike in comparison to the way Kaiser handled their 1 day nurses strike.( locking the nurses out for 5 days, not checking the experience qualifications of the replacement nurses causing unsafe conditions for the patients and causing a death) Kaisers strike only involved 32,000 nurses. Britian's will be 3 million!. That's like every nurse in the USA going on a 1 day strike- that's if the US nursing stats are accurate- isn't there supposed to be a total of 3.1 million nurses in the US? Maybe we should send CEO Frye accross the pond to lend a few pointers.!!!!!!!!!!
    Hopefully the British PTB will show a little more class, better judgement and professional courtesytoward their nurses and patients than their American profiteering counterparts. Please keep us informed,Herring. This ough to be quite entertaining to see how embarrassingly incompetent our American Healthcare CEO's really are. Not to mention- Are they really worth their multi million dollar pay checks!
    Last edit by kcmylorn on Nov 25, '11
  4. by   brandy1017
    I have a feeling that the British nurses will make out better than their American counterparts are in this private for profit healthcare system we are in! For one thing public sector management is usually more sympathetic and less cuthroat than private sector corp types with profit at all costs to ensure the CEO and his cronies get out of this world pay and bennies!
  5. by   Kooky Korky
    Meantime, The Queen was in the parlor counting out her money,
    Her consort was in the parlor eating bread and honey,
    All the royals felt safe because they're loved so well,
    And had a powerful army to give their enemies hell.

    Ahem. sorry, couldn't help but burst into song. Was thinking that all they need to do is sell a crown jewel or 2 and they could take care of the pensioners quite nicely, what?
  6. by   herring_RN
    solidarity rally with british nurses, public workers

    nurses from across the united states will stand in solidarity with british nurses and public workers on wednesday, november 30 at 12:00 noon as we stand in solidarity with british nurses and public workers.
  7. by   herring_RN
    Sorry, double post.
    Last edit by herring_RN on Nov 27, '11
  8. by   XB9S

    I think what members in the US may not appreciate is the scale of Wednesdays action. It's not just nurses but all public sector workers, it looks as if the UK may well be at a standstill if the government does not back down.

    The poster who mentioned the crown jewels in joke, this is not about pensioners, its about every single public sector worker who pays into a pension scheme. The proposals will see us pay 50 % more to work longer and get less of a pension at 68 years of age.

    The public sector workers of the UK are united in this, and although front line health care will be protected from action every other public service will be affected.

    Transport, immigration, education, police, fire, civil servants, council workers, refuse collection, sanitation workers are all taking action.

    I am dreading Wednesday because front line health care will be affected, however although I won't be taking part due to the front line nature of my work I support whole heartedly the protest my colleagues are making on my behalf.
  9. by   babyNP.
    Hopefully the British public will remember this and vote Labour or Liberal Democrat next time...I'm glad they're taking a stand!
  10. by   Jolie
    I question the accuracy or agenda of an article that states that Social Security funds in the U.S. are sound.
  11. by   XB9S
    Quote from babyRN.
    Hopefully the British public will remember this and vote Labour or Liberal Democrat next time...I'm glad they're taking a stand!
    mmm the Liberal Democrates are part of the coalition government, the are equally responsible for what is proposed with our pensions
  12. by   babyNP.
    Quote from XB9S
    mmm the Liberal Democrates are part of the coalition government, the are equally responsible for what is proposed with our pensions
    I guess technically you're right. I know that many people are upset about the coalition government since LD basically sold out. Alright then, down with Cameron AND Clegg!

    While we're at it, let's get rid of the House of Lords, what are they worth? (esp the hereditary ones!) ...we can keep the Royal Family on the payroll since they only cost ~50 pence per tax payer and bring in tourist money
  13. by   Libitina
    Unfortunately the main nursing union in the UK won't be backing the one day strike. The Royal College of Nursing is considering going to vote in January. I know a few nurses who have defected to Unison because of this.
    Meanwhile, the press are having a field day trashing the nursing profession in order to turn the public against us.

    eta: I'm on annual leave this week anyway.
  14. by   HazelLPN
    I wonder if the British politicians are giving tax breaks to the wealthy and big corporations while trying to balance the budget on the backs of middle class people like they are here.