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Three groups of strikers take fight to multinational outsourcer Serco  

Three groups of strikers take fight to multinational outsourcer Serco   Bin workers in Bexley, south east London, have extended their strikes over pay and cuts.

New health bill opens the door to more privatisation

New health bill opens the door to more privatisation The government has introduced a new Health and Care Bill into parliament as Covid-19 cases soar.

Battles at Aberdeen city council + Sandwell leisure trust + Royal London hospital

Battles at Aberdeen city council + Sandwell leisure trust + Royal London hospital Aberdeen workers are striking over plans to merge the role of housing officer and support officer

Council workers hit back in Norwich, Thurrock and Ealing

Council workers hit back in Norwich, Thurrock and Ealing Strikes by around 170 environmental workers in Norwich are set to begin on 26 May

Victory against outsourcer Mitie at Carlisle hospital

Victory against outsourcer Mitie at Carlisle hospital Solid strikes by more than 150 workers have won a commitment to unsocial hours payments

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

29 March 2021
Disputes in Airedale, Cumberland and Birmingham need support

London bus strikers say bosses profit while workers get cuts

17 March 2021
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

25 February 2021
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

23 February 2021
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

16 February 2021
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.

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