healthcare

How the Pandemic Revealed the Real Health of Nations

As we noted in our last issue, a pandemic is as good as any event to demonstrate the efficacy, or not, of a social system. This one has generally found the capitalist mode of production wanting. By now most people will have forgotten the early failures.

NHS pay dispute from below – Online newsletter no.2

Solidarity with Firefighters, Paramedics, and Hospital Workers!

Leaflet distributed by the ICO at a protest rally in South Australia for firefighters and paramedics.

French lessons – What we can learn from the 1988 hospital workers’ strike coordinations in France

We translated the following two texts from 1988, because we think that there are still things we can learn from the strike movement back then. Today in the UK we are confronting similar questions: how can we organise the struggle for higher wages in the NHS and defeat the insulting 1% pay offer? How can we overcome divisions into different unions and professional groups and regions (e.g. with the government in Scotland offering a still puny 4% increase)

1%? Up yours! We need health workers' and patients' power!

Things are heating up – the 1% pay increase insult dished out by the government led to a lot of angry discussions in tea rooms and on ward floors.

Leaflet to health workers in Brussels - Mouvement Communiste/Kolektivně proti kapitálu

Health worker demo - Brussels

On Sunday, 13 September 2020, there was a demo by a few thousand health workers in Brussels, organised by "Santé en Lutte" ("Health in Struggle"). This leaflet was distributed there by comrades of MC/KpK.

Austerity for the Essential: The Struggle of Personal Support Workers

Mainstream news sources, for the last decade, have been reporting on the increased frequency of the “hallway healthcare” phenomena in Ontario hospitals. Over this time the problem has grown into a norm, rather than an alarming exception.

Reflections on the Coronavirus and Economic Crises

A much expanded update to the article we previously published here: leftcom.org

The 1918 flu pandemic in the CNT media

The notorious flu epidemic of 1918 – known as the ‘Spanish’ flu epidemic – was first reported among US troops bound for the First World War trenches. Given the enormous mobility of troops at the time, the disease was largely free to spread to fresh population centres and so it claimed the lives of 50 million people worldwide. Spreading like wildfire. A powerful example of the destructive power of a pandemic.

Scrubs: The Story from the Bottom Up

We have received this letter from the Haringey Solidarity Group and republish it here as it presents a working class perspective on the current PPE scandal, against the bosses' propaganda.
Regarding the call for "fair wages" in the final paragraph however, we must repeat that our emancipation as a class can only be achieved through the abolition of the wages system, not redistribution.