He said a new campaign will target private health firms, pension funds and politicians responsible for the creeping privatisation of the health service in England
The leader of Britain’s biggest union tonight vowed to hound private business “predators” out of the NHS.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said his union would start a “leverage” campaign in defence of the health services.
He said the campaign would target the private health firms, pension funds and politicians who were responsible for the creeping privatisation of the NHS in England.
The Unite union caused controversy last week with its “leverage” campaign against the bosses of the Grangemouth oil refinery in Scotland.
Mr McCluskey said the new drive would not see union members and supporters “turning up outside directors’ houses” and demonstrating.
But he warned he would use the full force of his union to hold to account the Tory and Lib Dem politicians “that have given the green light” to the privatisation of the NHS.
“Let me be clear – this will not target health professionals, or premises used by patients, under any circumstances,” he said in a speech to students at Trinity College, Cambridge University.
“This is about defending the NHS from the predators, and it is the predators we will target, not in the interests of trade unions, but in the interests of the whole community.
“What society needs is more community leverage over politicians and business – and I am proud that Unite can give a lead in providing it.”
Mr McCluskey also warned his union would campaign against the private firms looking to work in the NHS.
“We will be there to take the gloss off your PR events. We will talk to the pension funds and financial institutions that hold your stock. In short – you will be accountable,” he said.
He said the NHS was the country’s most treasured possession but it was being “gutted” by the Coalition…..”
I would agree that the NHS has been evicerated – but by Mr Blair in the devolution which has resulted in much weaker mutuality and protection from the fear of an inferior service..