Notes from the Picket Line #2

AnarCom joined the first day of the nurses picket outside Manchester’s world famous hospital The Christie today.  Despite the noisy and continuously tooting car horns in solidarity, discussion was widespread.

 With a turnout of around 70 for the 8am start it continued in high spirits through the day averaging around 30 at any one time.  Mainly striking Christie’s staff but also nurses from other locations on their day off and other workers and well-wishers showing solidarity.  Our ‘picket line solidarity’ stickers proved popular with sheets being taken and shared around. 

Nurses we spoke too weren’t just striking for the NHS and better patient care, as the Union’s sanitised official version goes, but for themselves and each other, fed up of low morale, over work, under pay and being cold and increasingly vulnerable to debt and hardship.