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The Socialist 23 March 2016

Tories split - strike now!

The Socialist issue 894

Budget cuts resignation: Tories split - strike now!


Them & Us - budget special

Budget 2016: fight for socialist policies to reverse cuts!


Socialist Party national congress 2016


Brussels attacks: don't let the terrorists and racists divide us

'Living wage' lie: fight for £10 now!


Junior doctors to escalate strike action

Aramark workers striking for the living wage

Tube drivers shut down Piccadilly Line over bullying

Workplace news in brief


Uniting to defeat John Roan academy plans

Academy failed me and other children with disabilities


BSE crisis - the madness of the profit system

Five years ago: 750,000 march against cuts


"As a carer, I am expected to pick up the slack"

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Aramark slammed by workers striking for the living wage

Roger Shrives, Lewisham Socialist Party

Lively, and at times noisy, strike action hit the NHS in south London on 21 March. It wasn't the junior doctors or the student nurses but the catering, cleaning and 'hostessing' staff at four mental health hospitals in the South London and Maudsley (SLAM) group.

Strikers at Maudsley, Bethlem Royal, Lewisham and Lambeth units, all members of the GMB union, were loudly 'slamming' their privatising, cost-cutting, US owned employer Aramark and telling them to pay a living wage!

Collin, who was picketing Lewisham hospital, said most workers there were on £7-£8 an hour for very hard work. They are demanding £10 an hour and better deals on sick pay and unsocial hours payments. Sick pay has been abolished for many newer workers, which obviously makes for great anxiety. They also want increased pay for weekends and bank holidays.

This is the first strike ever in Aramark's British concerns. Junior doctors and nursing staff at Lewisham came and wished them well. This lively protest showed the potential for a huge trade union and political campaign to rescue the NHS from Tory attacks and poverty pay.


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Budget 2016

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Socialist Party annual congress

Socialist Party national congress 2016


Socialist Party news and analysis

Brussels attacks: don't let the terrorists and racists divide us

'Living wage' lie: fight for £10 now!


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Junior doctors to escalate strike action

Aramark workers striking for the living wage

Tube drivers shut down Piccadilly Line over bullying

Workplace news in brief


Academies feature

Uniting to defeat John Roan academy plans

Academy failed me and other children with disabilities


Socialist history

BSE crisis - the madness of the profit system

Five years ago: 750,000 march against cuts


Socialist readers' comments

"As a carer, I am expected to pick up the slack"

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