There has rightfully been public outrage surrounding stories of junior doctors working 90 plus hours a week and nurses going to food banks. But the NHS only survives due to the undervalued and low wage labour of cleaners, porters and non-clinical staff, increasingly facing “casual” contracts and outsourcing as the norm.
ISS is just one example of a private company that is allowed by the government to have increasing influence – particularly in the non-clinical sections of the NHS – through outsourced contracts. ISS is a £9bn, global services firm employing cleaning, portering and security staff in many hospitals across London.
We’re protesting against low pay, sometimes as little as £7.88 per hour. You try living on that in London! And we’re protesting at the use of casual worker contracts, which deny workers proper employment rights. It’s not acceptable to leave NHS workers on insecure and precarious working terms. Exposing this will hopefully extend to a huge campaign against other multi-national employers who think its acceptable to profit from our underfunded health service – consigning staff to low pay and devaluing them with unacceptable treatment.
We need to show those working in the health service we’re with them.
The NHS is a boon for the capitalist class, they should either fund it from profits