Letters, Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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Back campaign for vital services

TOMORROW firefighters, teachers, civil service workers and staff in local government will be going on strike.

 These are the people – workers – who help keep our society together.

 And they continue to do this while suffering the longest drop in wages for generations. Pay for many workers is down by a fifth in real terms and many of our vital services have been lost or cut to the bone.

 So Thursday’s co-ordinated strike action, involving six trade unions – NUT, Unite, Unison, PCS, GMB and FBU – is a chance to fight back against the attacks on these workers and the vital services they provide.

 The strikes are part of a wider movement against the austerity policies of this hated and hateful Tory-led Coalition Government.

 Austerity damages the fabric of our society and widens the gap between the rich and the rest. Austerity is a trick with which the rich are transferring more and more of the wealth of society into the hands of the few.

 Everyone should support these strikes because they are a vital part of defending services, which we need as a society.

 Last month’s No More Austerity demonstration in London, organised by the People’s Assembly, showed that people are beginning fight back against the Government’s punitive policies.

 Tomorrow we will be joining the march and rally in Newcastle, organised by the striking unions.

 Join us – and them – to show your support for the striking workers and to send a message to Government that #WeAllNeedAPayRise. Assemble outside City Hall at 11am.

Tony Dowling,

Chair, North East People’s Assembly

Wonderful care

MY grandma, Carol, was admitted to Sunderland Royal Hospital in April due to severe abdominal pain, which resulted in a week-long stay in wards C35 and C30.

 Along with the other patients she was awaiting assessment and found the situation deeply distressing. Fortunately, the superb care of the nurses and medical staff allowed the condition to be treated without the need for surgery on this occasion.

 Because of the serious nature of her condition she was very worried but as it turned out all the staff and facilities contributed to a very comfortable stay.

 Everyone – the surgeon, consultant, nurses, domestic staff, X-ray/scan technicians, porters and even the other patients – contributed positively to the overall experience. Some special mentions go to surgeon Craig Naisbet and Mr Banerjee, consultant.

 The condition will potentially involve return visits but this experience has given her confidence in the system.

 Both my grandma and the lady in the next bed (a lady called Alma) said they wouldn’t have believed that she could have enjoyed a week in hospital.

 So from myself and the rest of my family I would like to express my deep thanks to all.

John Mulliss,