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From The Socialist newspaper, 23 February 2022

Johnson scraps Covid safety measures

Fight for trade union control of workplace safety

Tories threaten to remove access to free Covid testing

Tories threaten to remove access to free Covid testing   (Click to enlarge)

At every stage of the pandemic, Johnson's Tory government has made decisions motivated in large part by the objective to protect bosses' profits.

Johnson's announcement - of an end of legal requirements for people with Covid to self-isolate, an end to enhanced Statutory Sick Pay, the self-isolation payment and free Covid testing - seeks to further 'open up the economy', but also politically boost a prime minister racked by partying scandals and a police investigation.

Throughout the pandemic, the Socialist Party has explained that there can be no trust in the bosses and their politicians to act in the interests of our safety. We have argued for workers' and trade union-led control of workplace safety (see 'Covid pandemic: Fight for full sick pay and trade union control of workplace safety' at socialistparty.org.uk).

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Trade union support for standing anti-cuts election candidates

Barts NHS workers to walk out again on 28 February

Just Eat couriers continue action to fight pay cut

Rail workers strike in Sheffield


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Surrey: Unions and campaigns say stand as an anti-cuts candidate

Newham City Farm - closed with no consultation

London Socialist Party women's meeting

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Review

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