The Socialist

The Socialist 1 April 2020

PPE, tests, full pay - for all now

The Socialist issue 1080

NHS workers speak out: austerity has left us unprepared

Schools: union oversight needed to end chaos in provision under coronavirus

Councils must use resources now for emergency response

NHS supply chain worker: privatisation has cut equipment quantity and quality

Self-isolation class divide: decent homes for all!

Fully fund hospices to care for vulnerable children

Scandalous conditions in food distribution centre

Coronavirus news in brief


All in this together? The 'Blitz spirit' myth


PPE, tests, full pay - for all now

Labour must resist 'Covid coalition': Workers need their own voice and party

Emergency legislation: Trade unions must be on guard against attacks on workers' interests


Capitalism means empty shelves, food insecurity, and soaring profits - the case for a socialist alternative


Key workers should make bold demands

Essential workers deserve more

Working in Mike Ashley's empire: After lockdown we won't forget how we've been treated

Hull construction workers force bosses to shut down site over health and safety fears

Bosses concede to walkouts in Northern Ireland

Bus drivers halt sackings - now restore our pay

Postal workers walk out over health, safety and junk mail

Working from home during the pandemic

Leicester: Nylacast worker exposes truth

Refuse collection workers strike


Fight for safety, staffing and services - Covid chaos for benefits claimants

More than ever, we need accountable union leaders


Help us continue to fight for workers and socialism

Building the Socialist Party


Going viral - Socialist letters and comments on the coronavirus crisis

 
 
 
 
 

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Leicester: Nylacast worker exposes truth

Workers risk health, bosses protect wealth

A plastic machinist, photo Keith Hayes

A plastic machinist, photo Keith Hayes   (Click to enlarge)

Tessa Warrington, Leicester Socialist Party

Key workers continue to put themselves at risk. The absolute least we should expect is the same level of sacrifice from the bosses.

The Socialist has previously reported the lack of health and safety at Nylacast Engineering Plastic Solutions in Leicester (see 'Worker's death could happen again at Leicester plastic factory').

In 2018, a worker, Tarsem Singh, died from an industrial accident. The judge in the court case described it as "an accident waiting to happen".

Despite being hit with a 300,000 fine, the firm has learnt nothing. A Nylacast worker contacted the Socialist to report further negligence from the company in response to Covid-19.

Workers who 'choose' to stay at home, will only receive statutory sick pay. To receive only 80% of their wage, workers must be given permission to self-isolate by the company.

Nylacast produces metal and nylon materials for food, drink and pharmaceutical manufacturers, among other products. The company brags that it has seen "no changes to our business and services" and "zero impact to our production and delivery".

It claims 'key workplace' status in Leicester, despite having to close its Pennsylvania facility in the US.

Nylacast claims "zero cases of colleagues affected by coronavirus". How can it tell? Not because staff are being tested. No, by using the incontrovertible medical practice of checking workers' temperatures with thermal cameras!

The Socialist's whistleblower at Nylacast says workers are still coming in with colds and coughs, and have little choice but to work in close quarters with each other.

Nylacast made a 4.7 million profit in 2018, almost 9,000 from each employee. It spent an undisclosed amount acquiring another company, Viva Nylons, mid-lockdown.

The company has reportedly trumpeted its record 'only' one workplace death. One death is too many. Should health and safety concerns continue to play second fiddle to profit, then this number could easily rise.

The evidence speaks against the bosses changing their ways. Across the world workers are realising just how reliant the bosses' system is on their labour and the immense power they have in withdrawing it, through the growing number of walkouts over health and safety.

Any industry considered key, or with disdain for health and safety, should be nationalised under democratic workers' control and management - with a guarantee of full pay for all workers in self-isolation.

Nylacast workers should unite together, collectively discuss their concerns and democratically decide on action to fight to protect their income, their health and their families.


This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 31 March 2020 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.


In this issue


Coronavirus news

NHS workers speak out: austerity has left us unprepared

Schools: union oversight needed to end chaos in provision under coronavirus

Councils must use resources now for emergency response

NHS supply chain worker: privatisation has cut equipment quantity and quality

Self-isolation class divide: decent homes for all!

Fully fund hospices to care for vulnerable children

Scandalous conditions in food distribution centre

Coronavirus news in brief


World War Two

All in this together? The 'Blitz spirit' myth


What we think

PPE, tests, full pay - for all now

Labour must resist 'Covid coalition': Workers need their own voice and party

Emergency legislation: Trade unions must be on guard against attacks on workers' interests


Food supply and the coronavirus crisis

Capitalism means empty shelves, food insecurity, and soaring profits - the case for a socialist alternative


Workplace news

Key workers should make bold demands

Essential workers deserve more

Working in Mike Ashley's empire: After lockdown we won't forget how we've been treated

Hull construction workers force bosses to shut down site over health and safety fears

Bosses concede to walkouts in Northern Ireland

Bus drivers halt sackings - now restore our pay

Postal workers walk out over health, safety and junk mail

Working from home during the pandemic

Leicester: Nylacast worker exposes truth

Refuse collection workers strike


Benefits

Fight for safety, staffing and services - Covid chaos for benefits claimants

More than ever, we need accountable union leaders


Campaigns

Help us continue to fight for workers and socialism

Building the Socialist Party


Readers' opinion

Going viral - Socialist letters and comments on the coronavirus crisis


 

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