Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Change in the NHS

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
or pay private insurance for their employees. 

The whole point of a healthy workforce and a healthy reserve army of workers,(unemployed etc.) is to ensure the ultimate comfort of the rich by enabling an adequate supply of the poor. Workforces won't produce sufficient return on capital in a modern technologically driven advanced capitalist economy. 

The parasite capitalist class will just have to suck up the taxation. That is why we should abolish the wages system and end the parasitism of the capitalist class,  relieving them of their 'burden' of making a profit from exploiting others disadvantage in relation to ownership of the means of production and distribution, by establishing a post-capitalist, free-access, commonly-owned world.

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