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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 January 2021

Hospital security staff on strike for 12 an hour

Royal Berks Hospital Strike, Photo: John Gillman

Royal Berks Hospital Strike, Photo: John Gillman   (Click to enlarge)

Security staff at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading are continuing strike action, the next action taking place over 20 days throughout January and February.

The Unite members are striking to demand a rate of 12 an hour, more than affordable for the employer Kingdom Services Group, which has a turnover of more than 100 million.

Disgracefully, the bosses are employing agency staff to attempt to undermine the strike. Socialist Party members attended the picket line on the first day of this new round of action on Monday 4 January and will continue to support the strike.

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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 6 January 2021:


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Nottingham City Council: Major battles against cuts ahead

UNICEF feeds children in the UK for the first time

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British Gas workers on strike against fire and re-hire pay cut


NHS

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Universities

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University teaching moves online in England


Reader's opinion

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Technology and AI response: Capitalists only invest for profit


 

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