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From The Socialist newspaper, 14 June 2017
Exploited agency workers organise
Unite members elsewhere on strike (Click to enlarge)
A theme of the 2017 general election was insecure and precarious work. International multi-billion pound company Procter and Gamble has a long history of union-busting which creates these conditions.
That continues today in its UK operations. As part of its cost-cutting strategy it retains the services of numerous agencies.
Agency workers report to the Socialist that they're treated as second class, singled out for enhanced scrutiny, and excluded from benefits like bonus and pension schemes, discounts, healthcare, sickness pay, and use of gym facilities.
Valuable agency workers are constantly reminded of their second-tier status, with no rights and no opportunities for advancement. Proctor and Gamble pay top prices to long-term contractor and agency fatcats, while workers providing valuable services receive a derisory fraction.
Agency workers say: "This is demoralising and hard to accept. We're also precluded from addressing our concerns to the company directly.
"This means that problems go unresolved, creating stress and tension in an already difficult environment. We have joined Unite the Union, and look to link up with other Proctor and Gamble agency workers across Britain."
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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
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In The Socialist 14 June 2017:
Socialist Party news and analysis
City bosses' £40m bonuses as Number of food banks hits 2,000
Low-paid work till lunch to make rent
Young workers in unions earn 20% more
Corbyn surge beats Trump
General election 2017
May and Tories must go!
Northern Ireland: DUP propping up the Tories
Scotland - SNP loses but Labour could've won more
Wales: Corbyn's left surge refutes right-wing Labour doomsayers
General election: what you thought about it
Corbyn's support increases further during last week of campaign
Rallying in support of Corbyn's policies
Large turnout to hear Jeremy Corbyn
International socialist news and analysis
France - Huge voter abstention belies Macron's 'landslide' election
International news in brief
Socialist Party workplace news
NSSN conference: workers' action to kick out the Tories
GMB conference: angry mood from delegates
Window strikers joined by second plant
Exploited agency workers organise
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
The fight goes on - let's make it a socialist fight to win
Racist EDL humiliated for third time
From Militant to the Socialist Party
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