Early last week, word began filtering out that agencies which are employed to fill vacancies across the public sector – namely Grafton and Premiere – had sent emails to their workers telling them, “In the event of your workplace closing, your placement is finished”. Furthermore, agency workers were told that, in the event of them falling ill or choosing to self-isolate to protect themselves or loved ones, they would receive only the meagre statutory sick pay (SSP) of £94/week, as opposed to the full pay that had been guaranteed to permanent public sector workers.
This morning, around 1,000 workers at Moy Park in Portadown and 80 staff at ABP Meats in Lurgan have walked out over inadequate health and safety conditions. Both workforces in these very profitable firms are organised by Unite.The union had put forward proposals regarding social distancing, PPE and sanitation procedures to both employers.
By Kevin Henry “Herd immunity, protect the economy, and if that means some pensioners die, too bad” – that’s how attendees at a private event in February said Tory strategist Dominic Cummings summed up the government’s ‘strategy’ for dealing with Covid-19. In the face of a predicted public health catastrophe […]
In the face of widespread criticism over the limited response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Boris Johnson has now announced a raft of restrictions on movement and gathering. Socialists support all necessary measures to prevent the spread of the virus. However, there is a glaring contradiction in these measures. While people […]