Junior doctors’ strike, 1975

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“Pickets in white” publication from the Medical Practitioners Union (now a section of the Unite union), 1977.

Junior doctors are currently in dispute with the Government over the imposition of a new working contract that will affect pay, hours and conditions. Doctors have taken to the streets in rallies and demonstrations in opposition to the new contract.

The dispute echoes a very similar one that took place between junior doctors and the Government in November 1975. That dispute also centred around a new contract that sought to introduce new pay and working hours. The dispute eventually resulted in an agreement being struck with the government in December 1975.

The publication above, “Pickets in white: the junior doctors’ dispute 1975″, was produced by the Medical Practitioners’ Union (now a section of Unite) in 1977 to reflect on the strike and consider lessons learned. It provides a fascinating record of the behind the scenes negotiations between the MPU, the British Medical Association and the government.

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