Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/924/23911

From The Socialist newspaper, 9 November 2016

Horror of health-wrecking toil for Polish migrants

Migrant workers face appalling conditions, photo Bhernandez (Creative Commons)

Migrant workers face appalling conditions, photo Bhernandez (Creative Commons)   (Click to enlarge)

Agnieszka, NHS interpreter

I am working as an interpreter for the NHS. I see Poles in hospitals and clinics who have problems with health. There are thousands of cases and there is no way to describe everything that I see every day.

Polish woman came from Greece to England. She couldn't survive there any longer. No work, no money. She has three children. Her boys did not speak English, only Greek and Polish.

Older boy did not cope at English school very well. He is now working on a construction site. The younger boy has developmental problems, goes to psychologist. The youngest daughter is one year old. Her aunt from Poland looks after her.

The woman has problems with her weight and her knee. She works in a recycling factory, sorting garbage. Her knee is getting worse, but all she gets is stronger and stronger painkillers from the doctor. She goes to work, because she is afraid to lose it if she is sick.

Polish shop assistant in the Polish shop. She was pregnant but still worked 12 hours a day. There were deliveries of goods. She had to carry boxes. She was induced at seven months' pregnancy. Gave birth to a dead child.

Another woman was bullied at work by her manager at the hotel. She had a nervous breakdown. She got medication and went off sick. She went to see the assessment committee. They stated that she is suitable for work. She needs to go back to work, little benefits only make for modest survival.

Another man worked in a chicken factory. He stood in the freezers for 12 hours a day. He didn't feel very well in himself. He was limited in time because of 12 hours' work every day and he couldn't go to the doctor.

Injuries at work

He fainted at work. He is in hospital. His kidneys stopped working and he has dialysis, but the kidneys still don't work. He is waiting for a transplant.

A lot of people have swollen hands, fingers, because of cutting several tons of vegetables a day. They have bone injuries, head injuries after accidents at work. Factory work is very hard work, outside human limitations sometimes, and is a cause of many diseases and injuries.

A lot of Polish people have degeneration of the joints of the hands because of work. They do not go to the doctor because they are frightened to lose their job. They try to cure themselves by home remedies.

Some Poles don't like to go to the doctor because they don't know the language.

It is hard to find a new job because job searches take a long time without English language skills. People need the money to live on. They are afraid they would not find a new job and they are afraid they will lose their job and they will have nothing to live on. It takes long time to wait for benefits and people have to pay for everything.

Poles do not want to collect benefits, for many it is humiliating. They are proud, many will not take benefits. In Poland there are big difficulties in finding a job, especially for older people. Many don't belong to the unions because of the cost.


The Socialist Party says

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


In The Socialist 9 November 2016:


High Court Brexit bombshell

Bosses' government, bosses' EU...fight for socialism

High Court bombshell on Brexit decision


Socialist Party news and analysis

Stop the 54,000 yearly maternity sackings

Build housing for the kids without homes this Xmas

Unions must act on pay restraint!

Court slams Tory air quality plans

Them & Us


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Build the education fightback

Read the Socialist

Over a thousand march to fight museums and libraries cuts

Library cuts: working class kids suffer most

Momentum left meeting excludes socialists

New Socialist Party pamphlet: Fight racism, fight for socialism

Far-right given short shrift in Darlington

Obituary: Hilary Mooney 1945-2016


Socialist Party workplace news

Action needed to defend workers at the sharp end of prisons crisis

Courts and tribunal services face huge cuts

Newcastle council cuts: opportunity for trade union fightback

Birmingham's Labour council freezes workers' pay

Hackney Picturehouse strike


International socialist news and analysis

Turkey: Erdogan tightens repressive screw

Ireland: Gardai strike threat

South Africa: State victimises #OutsourcingMustFall activists


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Horror of health-wrecking toil for Polish migrants

HyperNormalisation: Arbitrary selection of ideas to confirm feelings of powerlessness

Socialist inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 9 November 2016   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Migrant workers:

triangleNew play celebrates Grunwick strike

triangleNationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

triangleBarts health strike: Low pay, no way!

triangleNo to racist scapegoating: oppose the far right

triangleHuge anger internationally on marches against Trump

Health:

triangleSouth London health bosses' cover-up

triangleTotnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

triangleSave our NHS

triangleGlenfield victory shows people power can save our NHS

Benefits:

triangleTwo in five 'right to buy' homes now for let

triangleWaltham Forest Universal Credit protest

triangleDriving examiners walkout hits first day of new test

Injuries:

triangleThe real health and safety 'madness'

triangleThe scandal of death at work

Pay:

triangleRetail sector crunch: nationalise to save jobs

NHS:

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

Workers:

triangleSupport the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

Poland:

triangleThe Socialist inbox

Hospital:

triangleTyneside to protest against A&E and walk-in cuts

Hospitals:

triangleSave Glenfield Children's Heart Centre! Save our NHS!

35-hour week:

triangleLong hours ruining health without lifting productivity

Minimum wage:

triangleUSA: Historic vote for Ginger Jentzen campaign in Minneapolis

Pregnancy:

triangleTV review: Abortion on Trial - hard-hitting look at impact of 1967 act

Reviews and comments

Reviews and comments

13/12/17

The Socialist

The Socialist's 2017 quiz

6/12/17

Fire

The Socialist Inbox

6/12/17

Surrey

Comment: Socialism and truth about Zane

6/12/17

Labour Party

Blairite horror and Labour's divisions graphically exposed

30/11/17

Theatre

Dramatic retelling of Grunwick strike

22/11/17

Working class

Left comic's take on politics will have you in tears

22/11/17

Letters

The Socialist inbox

15/11/17

The Socialist

The Socialist Inbox

15/11/17

Abortion

TV review: Abortion on Trial - hard-hitting look at impact of 1967 act

15/11/17

Vietnam war

Comprehensive account of bloody conflict

8/11/17

Letters

The Socialist inbox

8/11/17

Obituary

Obituary: Paul Randall, 1959-2017

8/11/17

Theatre

Welsh update of Chekhov an engrossing tale of 1980s class conflict

1/11/17

Letters

The Socialist inbox

25/10/17

Letters

The Socialist inbox

triangleMore Reviews and comments articles...


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

triangle14 Dec Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

triangle13 Dec Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

triangle13 Dec Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

triangle13 Dec Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

triangle13 Dec Trump's incendiary Jerusalem statement reignites Israeli-Palestinian...

triangle13 Dec Labour 'purge' furore really just democracy

EU parliament, Strasbourg

triangle13 Dec Brexit deal no solution to Tory rifts

More ...

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

triangle21 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Socialists and the National Question

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