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From The Socialist newspaper, 10 June 2020
Homerton Hospital - withdraw private contract
Protest of Homerton hospital ISS workers on 25 August 2016, photo Clare Doyle (Click to enlarge)
Homerton Hospital in north London has awarded its contract for cleaning, catering, portering and security back to private contractor ISS for another five years! Workers at Homerton have been fighting ISS during the pandemic for proper sick pay and better pay. Workers compelled ISS to pay workers their usual pay if forced to self-isolate, but about half of current ISS staff don't get proper sick pay during normal periods.
A trade union petition signed by thousands of Homerton Hospital staff, patients, and members of the public, also called for ISS workers to be given full NHS rates of pay, and the conditions that go along with it, like real occupational sick pay and better annual leave.
There has been no consultation over the contract extension with the workers' or their union Unison.
Unison is calling for the immediate withdrawal of the contract, and for a consultation to begin about provision of services currently provided by ISS. The Socialist Party says all these services should be brought back in-house with workers on trade union agreed pay and conditions.
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In The Socialist 10 June 2020:
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Mass protests erupt
Black and white youth rise up against racism - US protester speaks to the Socialist
Capitalism = racism: "You fight capitalism with socialism"
"We're going to fight racism and capitalism with socialism"
France: 20,000 rally against Paris's killer gendarmes
Socialists call for trade unions to join the fight
Tories backtrack in England - Stand firm for school safety
Oppose the Welsh government's reckless return to school plan
Non-essential retail to open - Organise at work
Debenhams: Workers made to pay for Covid-19 crisis
Workers' union and campaign group fights Derby Rolls-Royce job cuts
Homerton Hospital - withdraw private contract
Test-and-trace fiasco - the ringing of the cash till
Coronavirus pandemic news in brief
BAME coronavirus deaths - an indictment of capitalist inequality
Lessons from history
Roosevelt's New Deal programme - reforms to save capitalism
Ken Douglas: A tireless and determined fighter for socialism
Campaigns and reports
Why we joined the Socialist Party
Donate so we can raise our socialist message
Domestic violence murder
As a health worker, I had to march against racism
Readers' opinion: Things will never be the same
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