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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 January 2022

Coventry: Private profits from hospital parking charges

Coventry Socialist Party campaigning against hospital parking charges

Coventry Socialist Party campaigning against hospital parking charges   (Click to enlarge)

Coventry Socialist Party members

At our last Socialist Party campaign stall of the year on 18 December, we gathered more signatures in support of the bin workers' strike.

That strike was delayed until the new year, because the workers forced the council back to the negotiating table with a better offer. So much for being told that the council couldn't pay more!

And we gathered dozens more signatures against parking charges at the hospital, including from NHS workers. The headline on the last edition of the Socialist was relevant: "Tory cuts and privatisation leave NHS in crisis", and there was an article about the bin strike inside (see socialistparty.org.uk), which meant more people wanted to buy the Socialist.

An operating theatre nurse signed our petition telling us she cannot even get a staff pass that would let her pay 'only' £50 a month, because her shift pattern of three 12-hour shifts disqualified her. So she is paying £30 every week, £1,560 a year, to work for the NHS! And the vast majority of that goes right into the pocket of private company ISS that runs the car park.

Among other people signing was a woman who told us her son had a brain tumour dealt with at the hospital. The cost of visiting was a fortune.

No staff, patients or visitors should be paying to use the car park. The car park shouldn't be in the hands of a private company making gigantic unchecked profits off ordinary people's misery.

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In The Socialist 6 January 2022:


News

Tories' cost of living squeeze - build the workers' fightback

NHS Covid staff crisis

Blair knighted for services to the rich and powerful

Tory test shortage failure

More fares misery for passengers - renationalise the railways

Schools: union action needed for Covid safety


Capitalism in crisis

Britain in 2022: Build a coordinated working-class fightback


Workplace news

Strike threat forces Tesco to improve pay offer

West Mids metalworkers strike over pay

Sheffield JustEat couriers escalate dispute

Scunny scaffs enter twelfth week of strike action

S. Yorks Stagecoach workers start indefinite strike

Invergordon posties mutiny


International news

Chile's working class delivers a landslide vote against ultra-right Kast


Socialist history

New unionism - when mass workers' action changed Britain


Local elections

TUSC appeals for widest possible anti-austerity socialist unity for May elections


Campaigns news

Coventry: Private profits from hospital parking

Fighting Fund - 162% of target, 162,000 raised

Trinity Centre: Shameful eviction by Newham council


Obituary

Obituary: Kate Jones - 1953-2021


 

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