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Centene grabs GP surgeries, and its former boss is advising Johnson

Centene grabs GP surgeries, and its former boss is advising Johnson Campaigners fear that surgeries will now be staffed in the cheapest way possible, with regular doctors replaced by locums, and cheaper medical staff.

NHS workers fight back for pay justice

NHS workers fight back for pay justice Disputes in Airedale, Cumberland and Birmingham need support

London bus strikers say bosses profit while workers get cuts

London bus strikers say bosses profit while workers get cuts London United bus drivers in west and south London struck on Wednesday over attacks on pay

Serco reveals huge profits despite test and trace failures

Serco reveals huge profits despite test and trace failures Serco, probably Britain’s most hated firm, has been coining it in during the pandemic. In fact, it’s made so much money that it now plans a handout to shareholders.

Private firm puts patients and workers at virus risk

Private firm puts patients and workers at virus risk The scandal of private contracts in the NHS has focused this week on health secretary Matt Hancock’s dodgy dealings during the pandemic.

US private firm buys NHS GP services

US private firm buys NHS GP services Around 370,000 patients, and 900 staff, have suddenly found themselves in the grip of a US vulture firm

‘We held system together,’ says sacked Test and Trace worker

08 February 2021
A private firm has fired hundreds of NHS Test and Trace workers despite warnings that the system should remain a vital part of controlling Covid-19.

Tories run aground on their own privatisation of the NHS

08 February 2021
A leaked copy of the government’s plans to “reform” the health service in the wake of the pandemic led to some far-fetched headlines last weekend

How government cronies were gifted a fast track to PPE profits

19 November 2020
An official investigation has found that firms with political connections were ten times more likely to win contracts.

Network Rail safety failings led to the deaths of two workers

16 November 2020
A report into the deaths of two rail workers in July 2019 has revealed wholly avoidable safety failures.

Fighting Serco on the Caledonian Sleeper and over Birmingham jobs

12 October 2020
Workers on the Caledonian Sleeper overnight train service staged a solid 48-hour strike from Sunday, to demand bosses take health and safety seriously.

People Before Profit launch emergency jobs programme

26 September 2020
Labour MPs, trade unionists, campaigners and socialists have joined forces to call for a “fightback across workplaces and communities to demand ordinary people won’t pay for the crisis”.

Outsourced workers at Homerton hospital celebrate sick pay victory

03 August 2020
Outsourced workers at Homerton University Hospital in east London have won sick pay after a long-running campaign.

The private firms making a killing from Covid

17 July 2020
Under the cover of coronavirus, the Tories have used the real need to stock up on personal protective equipment and other much needed supplies to hand over billions of pounds to private companies. Tomáš Tengely-Evans investigates

Profit hungry firms want more money for failing transport system

18 June 2020
The coronavirus crisis has underlined the utter failure of a privatised transport system. But the Tories are still shovelling billions to profit-hungry firms rather than renationalising the system.

Workplace round up: Ark Globe Academy walkout + Homerton outsourcing dispute

09 June 2020
Cleaners at Ark Globe Academy in south London walked out on a wildcat strike on Thursday last week.

Medway TUC organises action to support suspended bin workers

06 May 2020
Medway trades union council organised a drive-by this week to show solidarity with eight suspended bin workers.

Outsourcer Mitie uses crisis to take away Merseyrail pay award

21 April 2020
The RMT union has blasted Merseyrail station cleaning and facilities’ contractor Mitie for using the cover of the Covid-19 crisis to withdraw a pay award.

More health workers die due to lack of protective equipment

07 April 2020
Health workers are dying of coronavirus because of the Tories’ failure to provide proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 

Anger at outsourcer sees Tower Hamlets bin depot blockaded

10 March 2020
There were defiant scenes outside bin depots in east London on Monday as striking workers refused to let managers, scabs and lorries move.

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