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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 January 2022
Coventry: Private profits from hospital parking charges
Coventry Socialist Party campaigning against hospital parking charges (Click to enlarge)
Coventry Socialist Party members
At our last Socialist Party campaign stall of the year on 18 December, we gathered more signatures in support of the bin workers' strike.
That strike was delayed until the new year, because the workers forced the council back to the negotiating table with a better offer. So much for being told that the council couldn't pay more!
And we gathered dozens more signatures against parking charges at the hospital, including from NHS workers. The headline on the last edition of the Socialist was relevant: "Tory cuts and privatisation leave NHS in crisis", and there was an article about the bin strike inside (see socialistparty.org.uk), which meant more people wanted to buy the Socialist.
An operating theatre nurse signed our petition telling us she cannot even get a staff pass that would let her pay 'only' £50 a month, because her shift pattern of three 12-hour shifts disqualified her. So she is paying £30 every week, £1,560 a year, to work for the NHS! And the vast majority of that goes right into the pocket of private company ISS that runs the car park.
Among other people signing was a woman who told us her son had a brain tumour dealt with at the hospital. The cost of visiting was a fortune.
No staff, patients or visitors should be paying to use the car park. The car park shouldn't be in the hands of a private company making gigantic unchecked profits off ordinary people's misery.
The Socialist Party says:
- End all hospital parking charges
- End all PFI schemes and privatisation, renationalise the NHS
- A 15% pay rise for all NHS workers
- For a fully funded, socialist NHS
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In The Socialist 6 January 2022:
Tories' cost of living squeeze - build the workers' fightback
NHS Covid staff crisis
Blair knighted for services to the rich and powerful
Tory test shortage failure
More fares misery for passengers - renationalise the railways
Schools: union action needed for Covid safety
Capitalism in crisis
Britain in 2022: Build a coordinated working-class fightback
Strike threat forces Tesco to improve pay offer
West Mids metalworkers strike over pay
Sheffield JustEat couriers escalate dispute
Scunny scaffs enter twelfth week of strike action
S. Yorks Stagecoach workers start indefinite strike
Invergordon posties mutiny
Chile's working class delivers a landslide vote against ultra-right Kast
New unionism - when mass workers' action changed Britain
TUSC appeals for widest possible anti-austerity socialist unity for May elections
Coventry: Private profits from hospital parking
Fighting Fund - 162% of target, £162,000 raised
Trinity Centre: Shameful eviction by Newham council
Obituary: Kate Jones - 1953-2021
The Socialist 6 January 2022 |
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