Huddersfield is one of the towns at the forefront of the growing social movement to stop the privatisation of the NHS. A vibrant campaign has grown to fight the demolition of their local hospital and cuts to local surgeries; now they are linking up with other campaigns to defend the NHS on a national basis.
Around 4,000 crown post office workers, admin staff and supply chain staff in the CWU take strike action with UNITE managerial staff for the first time ever to fight the threat of privatisation, and to put forward the idea of a “people’s bank” as a positive future for Britain’s post offices. This will be a major battle – and CWU general secretary Dave Ward says he “will not discourage” members of the public from occupying post offices to save them from closure. More strikes and actions to follow.