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From The Socialist newspaper, 5 August 2020

Sick pay victory at Homerton hospital!

Protest of Homerton hospital ISS workers on 25 August 2016, photo Clare Doyle

Protest of Homerton hospital ISS workers on 25 August 2016, photo Clare Doyle   (Click to enlarge)

Workers and unions at Homerton hospital, east London are celebrating a major victory: winning NHS sick pay for all staff working for private contractor ISS.

More than half of cleaning, catering, portering and security staff have had to rely on statutory sick pay. That's just over 95 a week.

A long-running campaign has won several victories, including pay increases to the London Living Wage and above. But proper sick pay for all staff is the biggest yet.

Naomi Byron, co-secretary of the Homerton branch of public service union Unison, said: "This is a huge relief for staff to win occupational sick pay, and it's thanks to all the staff who stood together and fought so hard for our rights that we have won this major victory."

The campaign will continue for all staff employed by ISS to receive full NHS pay and conditions, and to be brought back in-house.

Brian Debus, Hackney Socialist Party

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In The Socialist 5 August 2020:


News

NHS pay: 15% for all now

From first wave to second? Capitalism's Covid failures

Capitalism's 'vaccine war' shows need for socialist cooperation

Tories' obesity plans - blaming individuals not the profit system


What we think

Labour payouts: unions must discuss political representation


Workplace news

Wales: GE Aviation workers march to save jobs

PCS union: Reject longer DWP opening hours

'First you clap us then you slap us': hundreds march for NHS pay rise

Sick pay victory at Homerton hospital!

Unite union branch pledges to support socialist candidates who oppose cuts

Oppose BT site closures - national strike ballot needed

Workplace news in brief


No going back

What would socialist universities look like?


International

Cuba: Covid-19 and the 60-year-old embargo

Anniversary of nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

80 years since the murder of Leon Trotsky rally


Campaigns

A-level results day 2020: Fight for our future!

Fighting to end racism and capitalism

North London: Socialist Party speaks at BLM protest

Young Socialist day of action

Doncaster: Vigil for murdered women

Engage for Change Hull - trade union youth festival goes online

Campaign stalls on jobs, pay, NHS and racism

Why I joined - Covid changed my outlook

Socialist Party meetings: Online and in-person

The Socialist summer schedule


 

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