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Letters—Bosses ignoring our safety to keep shipyard open

30 January 2021
I work in a shipyard and we’ve been open throughout the Covid-19 lockdown. 

Vicious racist history feeds fear of Covid-19 vaccine

29 January 2021
There are fears that some black people will reject the Covid-19 vaccine. Socialist Worker looks at how abhorrent treatment at the hands of the state and doctors is to blame

Prison death figures reveal terrible toll of Tories’ ‘law and order’ rhetoric

29 January 2021
Six prisoners are dying a week in English and Welsh prisons—nearly one a day.

Tory vaccine rollout fails black and Asian people despite higher risk of death

27 January 2021
Black and Asian people have died from coronavirus in disproportionate numbers because of disastrous Tory policies and systematic racism. And now it’s emerged that NHS England hadn’t even been counting how many had have been vaccinated. 

‘Years of cuts hinder the roll out,’ says NHS vaccine worker

25 January 2021
Years of NHS cuts and Tory mismanagement of the ­pandemic are slowing down efforts to ­vaccinate people in one of the areas hardest hit by Covid-19.

Over 500 Covid-19 cases at DVLA Swansea

25 January 2021
Workers are “scared” of catching Covid-19 in a major government office where more than 500 people have caught the virus thanks to uncaring bosses.

People Before Profit activists’ meeting plans action against Tories

25 January 2021
Over 500 people discussed how to take forward the “fight for safety, jobs and survival” at the People Before Profit (PBP) national activists’ meeting on Sunday 

Covid-19 vaccine—who will be to blame if the poor are again left to die?

23 January 2021
The rollout of Covid-19 vaccination programmes helps governments claim they are in control of the coronavirus pandemic. But the vaccine isn’t for everyone—the poorest are being left behind. And ultimately the scheming of powerful states and pharmaceutical firms put everyone at risk

Black and Asian workers hit hardest by pandemic job losses

22 January 2021
Black and Asian workers have been hit the most by job cuts during the pandemic.

‘It’s profit over health always’—workers forced into unsafe workplaces speak out

21 January 2021
Coronavirus outbreaks are hitting workplaces every day as the Tories’ latest lockdown fails to keep working class people safe.

School workers are up to seven times more likely to contract Covid-19

20 January 2021
Devastating figures reveal the human cost of Tory lies about 'safe schools'

Anti-apartheid hero Ronnie Kasrils slams South African police attack on disabled people

20 January 2021
There is anger in South Africa after police water-cannoned poor, black, disabled people while a government minister looked on.

Vaccine hesitancy a result of racism 

19 January 2021
Who’s to blame if black people refuse the jab?

Parents denied furlough payments by the bosses

18 January 2021
A majority of parents who have asked for furlough to take care of their children while schools are shut have been refused by bosses.

Thousands of workers forced back to unsafe workplaces

18 January 2021
Thousands of workers across England have felt pressured to return to workplaces, despite government advice to work from home.

Turn anger over NHS pay into effective action

18 January 2021
It’s urgent that the heath unions step up campaigning to win a pay rise for all NHS workers.

Letters—blame the government for the pressures of online education

18 January 2021
I write as a grandparent of two primary age grandchildren and as a retired teacher. I think there is a lot of pressure from the department for education on heads to try to force their staff to provide huge amounts of work for their pupils

University of East London cleaners fight victimisation of union rep

17 January 2021
Outsourced workers at the University of East London (UEL) are fighting victimisation after daring to fight back. 

‘Intensive care is in crisis and it’s about to get worse’—nurse speaks out

15 January 2021
Plans to enlarge intensive care units by allowing nurses to care for more than one patient puts people at risk. Nurse and union rep Joan Pons Laplana spoke to Socialist Worker about the dangers, and why putting profit first created a disaster for the NHS

Ambulance workers say low grade protective masks are putting lives at risk

14 January 2021
Failure to provide ambulance workers with the highest grade protective equipment is putting lives at risk, a London paramedic has told Socialist Worker.

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