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From The Socialist newspaper, 23 February 2022
Johnson scraps Covid safety measures
Fight for trade union control of workplace safety
Tories threaten to remove access to free Covid testing (Click to enlarge)
At every stage of the pandemic, Johnson's Tory government has made decisions motivated in large part by the objective to protect bosses' profits.
Johnson's announcement - of an end of legal requirements for people with Covid to self-isolate, an end to enhanced Statutory Sick Pay, the self-isolation payment and free Covid testing - seeks to further 'open up the economy', but also politically boost a prime minister racked by partying scandals and a police investigation.
Throughout the pandemic, the Socialist Party has explained that there can be no trust in the bosses and their politicians to act in the interests of our safety. We have argued for workers' and trade union-led control of workplace safety (see 'Covid pandemic: Fight for full sick pay and trade union control of workplace safety' at socialistparty.org.uk).
- Trade union control of all workplace safety measures
- Full pay for workers when sick, and an end to punitive sickness absence policies
- Proper ventilation of workplaces and public spaces, subject to trade union-agreed ventilation standards
- No forced return to the workplace. Return only when safe, with agreement from trade unions.
- Maintain access to free Covid testing for all
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Johnson scraps Covid safety measures
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Privatisation and crisis in the NHS
The Erdington byelection and the fight for a new mass workers' party
Vote Nellist for a workers' MP in Birmingham Erdington
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University workers continue strike against bosses' attacks
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Usdaw: 'Reinstate Max' week of action
Trade union support for standing anti-cuts election candidates
Barts NHS workers to walk out again on 28 February
Just Eat couriers continue action to fight pay cut
Rail workers strike in Sheffield
Workers and students unite and fight
Fighting fees and marketisation after 2 March student walkout
Restore Cardiff's slashed services
Brighton Green and Labour cuts - workers and communities fight back
Surrey: Unions and campaigns say stand as an anti-cuts candidate
Newham City Farm - closed with no consultation
London Socialist Party women's meeting
1 March: Socialist Party new website launch
TV review: This is Going to Hurt
The Socialist 23 February 2022 |
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