Nurses’ strikes, from 1982 to 2022

In December 2022, NHS nurses took part in the biggest strike in their history. Here’s how feminist magazines covered the nurses’ strike of 1982.

Outwrite June 1982 – ‘NURSES NEVER STRIKE’

‘The mood at the gates was one of elation’, as Amanda Lusted reports

Spare Rib May 1982: IF THEY LOSE, WE ALL LOSE
[click the grey square to look inside!]

‘Do we want a situation in which the nurses who care for the poor are overworked and underpaid?’, asks Sandra Ryder

And some placards from then and now:

‘I’m no Angel I’m a bread WINNER Pay me as one’

‘We are not just angels or heroes We deserve Professional Pay’

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