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From The Socialist newspaper, 31 March 2021

Cumberland hospital workers fight for stolen pay

Carlisle save our NHS march 8 April 2017 photo Brent Kennedy, photo Brent Kennedy

Carlisle save our NHS march 8 April 2017 photo Brent Kennedy, photo Brent Kennedy   (Click to enlarge)

Carlisle Socialist Party members

Cleaners, caterers, porters and switchboard staff at the Cumberland Infirmary are fighting for a decade of unsocial hours' payments that have been stolen from them.

This extra payment is very important to these low-paid workers. The Hospital Trust, Health Management Carlisle (the investment firm which owns the hospital) and Mitie - which took over the contract from Interserve - are all blaming each other. But somebody has pocketed the money earned by these essential workers!

Strikers have told us about bullying managers who deny them sufficient equipment, and serious concerns over hygiene. They have been refused overtime as punishment for going on strike, while agency workers are paid 20 an hour to cover their shifts! More than half of all domestics at the hospital are now agency workers.

The government's 1% pay rise is a kick in the teeth for NHS workers, who have already put in over one million hours of unpaid overtime during the pandemic after suffering a real terms pay cut of around 20% over a decade of austerity.

The 2.1% suggested by Labour is completely inadequate. The government has already set an inflation 'target' for the Bank of England of 2%. This 'offer' will leave workers just standing still. The SNP's 4% offer to Scottish healthworkers is also little more than a gesture.

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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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