Martin Edobor talks Trade Unionisim
Last week Young Fabian Chair, Martin Edobor spoke to Manchester Labour Students on the topic of Trade Unionism and the NHS. Trade Unionism remains very relevant and important today, trade unions are the largest volunteer member organisations in the country and are the bedrock of the Labour movement.
Martin reflected on the historic struggle for workers rights "Trade unions and the use of collective bargaining have been providing British working men and women with the important rights for over two centuries."
He also put the importance of trade unionism in the context of the current Junior Doctor contract dispute, here is what he said about the strikes:
In 2012 the last Coalition government drew up plans for a new junior doctor contract, however, talks broke down in 2014. They restarted late last year, however, a deal could not be reached. This was due to the fact that the government were proposing an unsafe and unfair contract.
The contract would first of all re-define what a normal working week would mean for a Doctor - Saturday would be classified as a normal working day. In addition to this altering normal working hours. This would mean that junior doctors could be maed to work more frequent unsociable hours for the same or less pay.
This has lead to Doctors striking for the first time in over 40 years.
In Feburary Jeremy Hunt took the unprecedented step to impose the new contracts on Junior doctors without the concent of a whole prfoession.
This has inflamed tensions, Doctors have had no choice and now will escalate action. The next two strikes will be afull walk out including emergancy cover. This may sound drastic and the reason we have arrived at this place is because we have a government determined to attack the doctors, police, teachers, nurses in an attempt to ideologically shrink the state at the publics expense.