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The Socialist 31 March 2021

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Cumberland hospital workers fight for stolen pay

Carlisle save our NHS march 8 April 2017 photo Brent Kennedy, photo Brent Kennedy

Carlisle save our NHS march 8 April 2017 photo Brent Kennedy, photo Brent Kennedy   (Click to enlarge)

Carlisle Socialist Party members

Cleaners, caterers, porters and switchboard staff at the Cumberland Infirmary are fighting for a decade of unsocial hours' payments that have been stolen from them.

This extra payment is very important to these low-paid workers. The Hospital Trust, Health Management Carlisle (the investment firm which owns the hospital) and Mitie - which took over the contract from Interserve - are all blaming each other. But somebody has pocketed the money earned by these essential workers!

Strikers have told us about bullying managers who deny them sufficient equipment, and serious concerns over hygiene. They have been refused overtime as punishment for going on strike, while agency workers are paid 20 an hour to cover their shifts! More than half of all domestics at the hospital are now agency workers.

The government's 1% pay rise is a kick in the teeth for NHS workers, who have already put in over one million hours of unpaid overtime during the pandemic after suffering a real terms pay cut of around 20% over a decade of austerity.

The 2.1% suggested by Labour is completely inadequate. The government has already set an inflation 'target' for the Bank of England of 2%. This 'offer' will leave workers just standing still. The SNP's 4% offer to Scottish healthworkers is also little more than a gesture.

We say:

  • PFI has been a costly disaster. The Infirmary should immediately be taken over by the state - and the tax-dodging speculators can go whistle
  • All services should be taken back in-house, and all workers employed on NHS contracts with trade union rates of pay, including appropriate payment for working unsocial hours
  • The trade unions should fight for a 15% pay rise for all NHS and care workers, and link this to a campaign for a massive increase in investment in order to renationalise and rebuild our NHS


In this issue


Elections

Mobilise Liverpool workers to defy Tory commissioners and austerity

London - We need socialists into City Hall

Warning: Labour Party cutters - careful who you phone!


News

Domestic Abuse Bill: So much still to fight for

We will not be the lost generation

Shrewsbury pickets exonerated after almost 50 years

'Chingford skinhead' spills the beans over government surveillance of union activists

Freeports spell deregulation, low pay and a new race to the bottom

No start for life


Right to protest

Unite and fight - For the right to protest

Defending the right to protest


Socialist analysis

Preparing for the revolts to come


NHS

Cumberland hospital workers fight for stolen pay

NHS pay: 15% now!


Workplace news

Trade union fighters rally to support victimised workers

BT Openreach engineers step up the pressure with five-day strike action

Asda equal pay ruling victory - now fight for equal pay for all

SPS Technologies workers strike against potential pay loss of 3,000 a year

Deskilling protests by sparks electricians continue

Beal academy strikers demand equal sick pay

Goodlord strike starts to bite

Nationalise Liberty Steel to save jobs

British Gas workers strike ahead of 'fire and rehire' deadline


Reports & campaigns

Online rally - 150 years since the Paris Commune

Selling the Socialist

Donate now to fuel our election campaigns


Readers' opinion

Football abuse scandal: Reclaim the game for justice and democracy

Socialist Liverpool City Council inspired me

Women, violence and defiance

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