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Day of action

Like many members of the CSP, no doubt, I’ve never been on marches or demos.

So the day of action over NHS pensions last Wednesday was new territory for me.

Throughout the morning, police helicopters hovered above the Bedford Row offices keeping an eye on the protesters below.

I slipped out in my lunch hour to join CSP members in Lincoln’s Inn Fields at the start of the march.

It was an amazing experience to see so many people protesting peacefully about their pension entitlement and to walk behind the CSP banner.

I’m sure that for the many thousands of you who took part, it was a similarly emotional experience – as the photos you’ve sent in to us show.

The previous week, I was chatting to a physiotherapist at our awards ceremony who ran her own business. She voiced some concerns about strike action.

I suggested she wouldn’t accept a lower price for her work or sell a piece of equipment she had developed at an unprofitable rate.

CSP members working in the NHS and in related social enterprise bodies are doing the same: trying to protect their terms and conditions.

The only difference was that, while she negotiated for a fair deal individually, they were doing it together as part of a union.  

With no real progress in the negotiations, it was right for CSP members to demonstrate their anger. Let’s hope the huge turnout on 30 November will persuade the government to listen.

Negotiations are ongoing and  I’m sure everyone is hoping that the overwhelming show of strength last week will help. No-one wants further strike action if it can be avoided.

We have a right to be proud of the profession and with this issue of Frontline you’ll find a special supplement highlighting all that’s best in physiotherapy: the CSP’s 2011 awards.

It’s time to celebrate: professionalism, good practice and the power that comes from taking democratic action as a membership organisation, professional body and trade union.

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Author(s)

Lynn Eaton Managing editor, Frontline eatonl@csp.org.uk

Issue date

7 December 2011

Volume number

17

Issue number

21

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