Thousands to strike for equal pay in Glasgow, and other quick updates

In Glasgow, 8000 mainly female workers will be striking on October 23rd and 24th to demand equal pay. Glasgow Unison write:

The dispute is about the council’s failure to make any real progress on agreeing compensation for past pay discrimination since the Court of Session key rulings against Glasgow City Council in August 2017, and after 21 meetings with senior council officers.

The council has agreed nothing nor offered anything on any of the key elements which would determine the settlement offers. The council has focused on process; not substance. UNISON members’ patience has worn thin.

We need agreement on the key elements which will determine the cash values of the settlement offers. These include the full range of job comparators, past shift payments, past working demands payments, past pay protection payments, past overtime payments, the rate of interest to be applied and parity between all claimants. Settlement needs to be based on entitlement not cost.

The council has responded to our strike notice by cancelling the negotiations. This is a big mistake.

The claimant side is united. Our members are united.”

Meanwhile, Wigan Royal Mail staff have gone out on a wildcat in solidarity with a victimised colleague.

Meanwhile, the Docs not Cops campaign against ID checks and other forms of border control in the NHS are staging a day of action on Wednesday 23rd.

They write:

“We are standing with healthcare workers and patients at Barts Health NHS Trust and demanding an end to ID checks and upfront charging in the NHS. Join us for a day of action, with pickets at 3 Barts hospitals in the morning, a #PatientsNotPassports selfie twitter storm at lunch, and a rally at the Royal London Hospital in the evening.

The 23rd October marks one year since the Government introduced the policy forcing NHS Trusts to check patients ID and charge people upfront for care. That year has seen untold harm caused to people trying to access the care they need. From the Windrush scandal and Sylvester Marshal being billed £54,000 for cancer care, to Trusts sending debt collectors to harass destitute mothers. The year has also seen unprecedented resistance from healthcare workers and patients, with mass demonstrations, the returning of medals, and healthcare organisations holding the Government to account.

How to get involved?

Stalls
Join local Keep Our NHS Public and Save our NHS groups talking to staff and encouraging people to sign the open letter:
7:45-8:45am – Newham Hospital
8-9am – Whipps Cross Hospital
8-9am – Royal London Hospital

Online
Send Barts Trust a selfie of you holding a sign that says “I’m a patient not a passport”. Click here (https://www.medact.org/2018/actions/twitter-storm-guide/) to find out when to tweet and have a look at some example tweets.

Rally
6pm at Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel.
Call on Barts NHS Trust to stand with healthcare workers and patients and demand the Government end up-front charging in the NHS.”

In other anti-border action, Waltham Forest Anti-Raids Network are having their first workshop on Saturday 27th, and Haringey Anti-Raids are having their second birthday party that night.

Also at the weekend, Bristol Care Workers Network will be taking on Mencap over the issue of pay for sleeping shifts.

“Mencap have gone to court to demand that the government overturns it’s recent ruling on pay for sleeping shifts. Because of Mencap, millions of low-paid workers will now be denied the minimum wage for their sleep shifts.

This has come at a time when non-payment of the minimum wage is at it’s worst ever level. The care sector is already one of the worst affected. Even for workers who are paid legally, studies have shown that it is almost impossible to make a living on the minimum wage. And now, Mencap want to make it even harder for workers to get the minimum wage.

Mencap say that the care sector can’t afford to pay it’s staff the minimum wage. We say that austerity is not the fault of the workers. We recognise that there is a funding deficit in social care, but employers should not be plugging the gaps from their workers’ wages. And despite crying poverty, Mencap themselves made record profits this year. Don’t make us pay!

This is everyone’s issue. This is about workers’ power. This is about feminism, because care workers are disproportionately working class women, and Mencap’s attack further undermines the value of women’s labour and the economic status of women. This is about race and migration, because migrant workers and workers of colour are far more likely to be working in minimum wage jobs, and will be hit harder by these changes.

We want a noisy and lively demonstration in Bristol. We want to send a message to Mencap- The working class are not powerless. We will not give up our pay without a fight.

Come and join us on College Green at 12:00 on October 27th. Bring banners, horns, drums, and anything else to make noise with!

Manchester Solidarity Federation will also be holding a picket in support on the day, and ask anyone interested to email them for more information. Bristol care workers are also asking supporters elsewhere to help amplify their action:

“Call Mencap’s complaints line on 01582 560 003. Call between 1pm and 5pm on Friday 26th October 2018. Keep phoning until you get through to a real person. Then say something like
“I’d like to make a complaint. Mencap don’t think care workers deserve the minimum wage.” If you can keep them talking, then do it. After you get off the phone, call them again!

On Friday 26th, tweet to @mencap_charity. Tell them what you think about them. Use #wagetheft and/or #standuptomencap.

On Friday 26th, Fill out Mencap’s online feedback form at https://www.mencap.org.uk/feedback. (do it more than once for maximum disruption!)

Remember that the person on the other end of your message is a fellow worker,  so be assertive, but don’t be rude or aggressive.

And please share! We all work in the care sector. We don’t have any rich backers or a big publicity budget. We need normal people to show some solidarity and help us get our message out there. If you do nothing else today, just click share, or head over to twitter and RT. It’s a little gesture that goes a long way.

Get creative, and have fun 😉”

 

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