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The Socialist 18 March 2020

Coronavirus: workers must not pay the price!

The Socialist issue 1078

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Action needed to protect shop workers and access to essential goods

Shelves cleared by profit-hungry supermarkets permitting uncontrolled panic buying, photo by Derek Harper/CC

Shelves cleared by profit-hungry supermarkets permitting uncontrolled panic buying, photo by Derek Harper/CC   (Click to enlarge)

Scott Jones, Usdaw shop workers' union member (personal capacity)

As the coronavirus crisis deepens, shop workers are becoming another 'emergency service' to ensure people can still access food and other items.

Due to demand and shortages of some goods, supermarkets are under immense pressure, with workers on the frontline and shoppers worried about buying essentials.

Where necessary, more workers must be recruited to ensure goods reach stores and homes, and to support overworked staff.

Socialist Party members in Usdaw, the shop workers' trade union, are calling for companies to agree rationing policies with the union nationally, but also allow leeway for union reps to agree local rationing policies with management where there are potential shortages in specific stores and areas.

There must be protection for workers in stores and delivery jobs:

  • Workplace health and safety: discussions should be had around what measures are being taken to protect staff from the spread of coronavirus such as workplace overcrowding, enhanced cleaning procedures and the right to a safe working environment, free of abuse and assault.
  • Sick pay: urgent negotiations should take place to ensure there is no economic incentive for staff to come into work ill. And there should be full pay for sickness leave from day one for workers who have to self-isolate. Workers who self-isolate should be exempt from attendance management procedures.
  • Staffing levels: ensure there are no redundancies, lay-offs with loss of pay or imposed changes in working conditions due to supply issues or temporary workplace closures.

Shop workers must not pay the price for the coronavirus-related crisis in retail and can play a key role in the effective delivery and sale of essential goods.

Usdaw and other retail workers' unions should immediately convene democratic meetings of union reps from stores and distribution centres, alongside representatives of local shop customers.

The unions should demand a say in how the sale and distribution of goods is controlled, and consider direct action if the situation worsens.


In this issue


Workplace news and analysis

Stop Press: postal workers deliver massive strike vote and offer to become additional 'emergency service'

East London bin workers strike to get back unpaid holiday pay

Determined St Mungo's homelessness workers strike for three days


International socialist news and analysis

French local elections: CWI candidate elected

New pamphlet: constituent assemblies and the revolutionary programme


Socialist history

South Africa: 60 years marking the Sharpeville Massacre


Coronavirus

Coronavirus: workers must not pay the price!

Capitalist crisis and corona: Johnson's budget for the bosses

Coronavirus - a workers charter 2020

Coronavirus: socialist planning, not capitalist chaos!

Coronavirus housing emergency - suspend rent and mortgage payments, seize empty homes

PCS union demands better deal for benefits claimants

Councils must break austerity rules

Action needed to protect shop workers and access to essential goods

Coronavirus hospital worker: amazing response from staff - but worst still to come

'Health not profit' strike wave sweeps Italy

United States: private healthcare exposed as Trump throws money at markets

Workers at Lewisham coronavirus hospital walk out after not being paid

Coronavirus - waste processing employers putting us at risk

Bexley bin workers strike over lack of hand sanitiser

Going viral: socialist letters and comments on the coronavirus crisis

Under the microscope: socialist coronavirus news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Help us fund the Socialist

Stop gentrification of Lea Bridge

Tory student plot defeated at Cardiff uni

Nottingham uni occupation ends

Socialist Students speaking tour

Selling the Socialist


Readers' opinion

TV: Noughts and Crosses


 

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