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From The Socialist newspaper, 16 September 2020

Coventry: scrap 'profit before people' hospital parking charges

Stop hospital parking charges, photo Mary Finch

Stop hospital parking charges, photo Mary Finch   (Click to enlarge)

The Socialist Party campaign to scrap hospital parking charges continues. The majority of people who signed our petition on 5 September were NHS staff or relatives.

A parent, whose daughter had chemotherapy, said they have been fighting for a whole year to get back parking payments they are entitled to. Private companies make millions of pounds profit off car parks, and are trying to keep money cancer patients and family had to pay in order to use the hospital.

The mum of a hospital worker said her daughter had free parking taken off her when she changed job within the hospital. A healthcare assistant took one of our 'fight to end low pay' leaflets - when the free parking ended, she and her co-workers felt the financial pressure again.

The dad of a nurse signed the petition, but also took the time to chat to us as a construction worker dismayed at the serious lack of Covid protection across some sites in Coventry. Health workers need decent pay, our NHS should not be subject to PFI profiteers, our workplaces - offices, hospitals and building sites - can and should be safe.

We have a constant bitter fight for those basics under capitalism. The Socialist Party fights with all workers now. But we want a future without capitalism, where we don't have to fight.

Adam Harmsworth, Coventry Socialist Party

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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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In The Socialist 16 September 2020:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Our lives and livelihoods at stake

Sketch: The rule of six - some guidance from your government

Johnson's brinkmanship over EU deal deepens capitalist splits

Blame politicians, not workers and young people

Capitalist profit and the race to develop a vaccine

'Covid marshalls' must be accountable to communities

Under the microscope


NHS

Angry health workers demand 15% now!

NHS workers: "We deserve a fair wage" - 15% now!


Workplace news and analysis

National Shop Stewards Network lobbying for a lead from the TUC

PCS members in DWP reject unsafe extension of hours

Ireland: Debenham's occupier speaks out

London bus drivers begin strike ballot over remote sign-on dispute

Tate workers on indefinite strike hold march and rally

Reinstate Tony Smith

Reinstate Richie Venton


Schools

Dispatches from the front: schools need Covid tests!


Public services

Covid and the third sector: for public planning, not charity stopgaps


Labour Party

Non-fiction: Left Out - the inside story of Labour under Corbyn


International socialist news and analysis

Egypt: Support for al-Sisi dwindles as his regime increases repression

Nigerian police repress peaceful anti-government protest


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Two weeks to donate: we need your help

Coventry: scrap 'profit before people' hospital parking charges

Covid generation says 'fund our future'

Why I joined the Socialist Party: Tories and Blairites only care about corporate greed

Selling the Socialist


 

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