Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/759/16447

From The Socialist newspaper, 3 April 2013

Sick Of Your Boss: young people in work - your stories

Student midwife

I'm a first-year student midwife at a Birmingham NHS trust. I was well aware of the realities of the job before I started the course, from the grave responsibility of ensuring mother and baby are alive and well, to dealing with abusive families and social services matters, to coming home drenched in all manner of bodily fluids.

I'd be truly thankful if the nature of the job was all that I had to come to grips with, but the environment where I work, along with millions of other NHS workers, heavily reflects the cuts that the current government claims are both necessary and admissible.

The delivery suite is permanently understaffed. Even when there are 'enough' midwives on shift (where everybody who was put down to work that day turns up) the staffing is never adequate to provide the care that women need and deserve.

One-to-one care is essential during labour, not just for the safety of mother and baby, but also to provide the reassurance and encouragement women need to accomplish the mammoth feat of giving birth.

How can midwives provide such a necessary service if their efforts have to be shared between three, four, five labouring women at a time?

The wellbeing of the mothers and babies we care for isn't the only thing at stake. Midwives are burning themselves out, as their high workload often means they don't get a toilet break, let alone a chance to take the lunch break they are entitled to by law.

As a result, long-term sick leave is at an all-time high, and I have no doubt that the stress of dealing with an often dangerous workload on a day-to-day basis is contributing to these rising figures.

This contributes further to the unavailability of midwives, and ultimately inadequate staffing levels, in a vicious circle.

Warehouse worker

In the run-up to Christmas I had a three month contract (in theory renewable) at a warehouse. About 100 of us worked there, over two shifts.

There were two basic jobs - pushing a trolley around the building to get a list of orders to fill, or spending a whole shift packing the orders and sending them off.

This was done next to the loading bay and sometimes the bay doors were open so these workers were freezing cold.

Sackings

The warehouse was on an industrial estate between two towns - there are very few jobs in rural areas.

I used to get a lift to work and back, there were about ten people I could get a lift from when I started.

People would get sacked in the course of a shift, so sometimes I found my return lift gone when it came to leaving. By the end of my time there it was down to a couple of people for a lift.

In the warehouse the lighting was dim but the employer said there was no legal minimum. Sometimes the toilets were cleaned while we were having a break so we could not use the loo.

We were paid 6.40 an hour for 37.5 hours a week. But staff who came in via an agency got less and the agency seemed to get a cut of their wages. Quite a lot of people had to have another job as well.

Are you Sick Of Your Boss? Enough is enough!

We fight for:

See youthfightforjobs.com

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 3 April 2013:


Socialist Party news and analysis

April 2013: TORY CUTS BLITZ

PCS: Striking against Con-Dem attacks

Call for national strike narrowly defeated at NUT conference

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

Cyprus: Working people must not pay for crisis of euro and capitalism


Socialist Party feature

Abolition of Agricultural Wages Board will result in increased rural poverty


Socialist Party workplace news

Defend Crown post offices

Teaching Assistants strike for agreed pay level

Workplace News in brief


Fighting the Bedroom Tax

Over 5,000 march in Glasgow against the Bedroom Tax

Anti-cuts Warrington councillor supports Bedroom Tax protest

Opposing the Bedroom Tax in Leeds

Fight to scrap the bedroom tax is underway in Swansea


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Sussex University: occupation over but campaign continues

Lakanal fire: Action needed to prevent a repeat tragedy

Workfare and the Labour Party: 'A less than stellar party'

TUSC Mary4Mayor campaign launched in Doncaster

Sick Of Your Boss: young people in work - your stories

Interview: Wirral Youth Theatre cuts

"Is green growth possible?" debated

Don't miss May Day greetings deadline!

First quarter fighting fund target smashed


 

Home   |   The Socialist 3 April 2013   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Young people:

triangleMarch for free education! We demand a future!

triangle4,800 young people hurt after officers 'restrain' them

triangleWalk out against tuition fees on Budget Day!

triangleWe can win the vote at 16!

triangleJoin the budget day protests!

Midwives:

triangleA day in the life of a midwife

triangleSupport junior doctors' and student nurses' action

triangleUnion action needed to defeat attack on student nurses

triangleHealth service: condition critical

Women:

triangleFighting sexism, violence and capitalism - an international struggle

triangleSocialist Party national women's meeting

triangleNottingham 'Reclaim the Night' march highlights cuts

Jobs:

trianglePlans to launch no-cuts campaign at Kirklees College

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

13/12/17

Woolwich

Support the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

7/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite protest against blacklisting

7/12/17

RMT

Anti-DOO lobby of Liverpool's transport committee

6/12/17

Donald Trump

Mobilise to stop bigoted billionaire Donald Trump's state visit to Britain

6/12/17

Transport

Arriva bus strikers stand firm

6/12/17

Pensions

BT pensions review - oppose the attacks on the pension schemes

6/12/17

PCS

Driving examiners walkout hits first day of new test

6/12/17

Newham

School staff strike against privatisation

6/12/17

Rail

Brutal rail privateer Abellio takes over Midlands rail services

6/12/17

PCS

PCS Left Unity celebrates 40th anniversary at annual conference

6/12/17

North Yorkshire

Court maintains injunction against fracking protesters

6/12/17

Waltham Forest

Waltham Forest Universal Credit protest

6/12/17

Coventry

Coventry Socialist sales hit 1,000

6/12/17

TUSC

TUSC conference to debate 2018 elections

6/12/17

Liverpool

Liverpool John Moores Uni landslide for Socialist Students

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle8 Dec Local government pay: fight for the full 5% claim

triangle6 Dec Strikers rally in Liverpool

triangle6 Dec Corbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

triangle5 Dec Victory at Glenfield shows people power can save our NHS

triangle5 Dec Labour council Blairites deselected

triangle30 Nov Victory: Glenfield Children's Heart Centre saved!

triangle30 Nov Dramatic retelling of Grunwick strike

More ...

triangle13 Dec Caerphilly Socialist Party: Are we heading for an era of war?

triangle14 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Universal Credit - the Tories' latest assault on the poor

triangle18 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Religion and Socialism

triangle19 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas social

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2